Your Full Attention 24/7

The in-box of the President of the United States has got to be the most demanding in the world to try to manage, must at times appear to be overflowing, it is never half empty if anything it is always half full with the affairs of the United States and those of the entire free world, to think or even consider that anyone person holding that office would have the organizational skills, even with a staff of hundreds, which comes with the office, to run a business on the side is, well, bordering on insanity. Let us look at some domestic issues, how hard would it be if one had fifty children each crying for the attention of its parents all at the same time, each with special needs that must be attended to in health, sickness and education, provide shelter and pocket money to spend, not to mention managing disputes among them. Then there are the foreign relations and in-laws, among family, friends and not so friendly acquaintances, some of them at each other’s throats, begging for you to take sides or at least mediate. Purchase more goods from one and not the other, send arms to one and not the other, aid one country in time of a natural disaster, and that goes double for domestic as well as foreign entities, that claim to be independent but are dependent, dependent on you the father of the free world both at home and abroad…Then there are your business interests to consider, no let’s not even consider them, you are just too dam busy managing what counts, if the business fails, another can take its place, if the free world fails there is nothing else to take its place, the dream of managing both, forget it, it cannot be done, you have children who need your full attention 24/7…

Fast Break…Wages

CNBC’s (Money) Kate Rogers has reported…Among franchises, hiring and job creation trends are expected to be strong (2016). The International Franchise Association forecasts employment increases of 3.1 percent to 9.1 million franchise jobs, up from last year’s 8.8 million jobs. Plus, total gross domestic products generated by the franchise industry will reach $552 billion, up from $523 billion in 2015, it said. The index has shown growth every year since 2010.

 

$7.25, is the minimum hourly wage an employer must pay an employee for work. The fast food industry is notorious for paying its workers the minimum wage, claiming among other reasons, it’s an entry level job, for first-time job laborers, but who’s to say that an old timer in the work force for years and need to put food on the table for self and family will not seek such employment. Another reasoning, if fast food workers were paid more, then a staff of fifteen must be reduced to ten or less. I heard an unidentified franchise owner of five locations on the news say, rather than pay a living wage he would invest for the long term by automating his operations. Customers would be able to place their order using a tablet at the entrance, then pick-up it up on the way out that was dispensed by a machine, with just a few employees in the rear loading the robotics and keeping them humming that would enable the operation to run 24/7, without overtime, sick days, vacation, healthcare, all paid by him for each employee. In closing, robotics has always been in the cards since the earliest days of manufacturing when the assembly line was first introduced, so all those jobs coming home from off shore plants will surely be short lived and will be Trumped by real-life and the bottom line of each ongoing business, manufacturing or not…

 

To Give Warning

Today the lead story on Deutsche Welle, (DW.com), was populism and its threat to human rights, in tribute to that subject and its importance to the times in which we live in the United States, I will today allocate this post to the Human Rights Watch…Let us begin…

 

Human rights exist to protect people from government abuse and neglect. Rights limit what a state can do and impose obligations for how a state must act. Yet today a new generation of populists is turning this protection on its head. Claiming to speak for “the people,” they treat rights as an impediment to their conception of the majority will, a needless obstacle to defending the nation from perceived threats and evils. Instead of accepting rights as protecting everyone, they privilege the declared interests of the majority, encouraging people to adopt the dangerous belief that they will never themselves need to assert rights against an overreaching government claiming to act in their name. 

The appeal of the populists has grown with mounting public discontent over the status quo. In the West, many people feel left behind by technological change, the global economy, and growing inequality. Horrific incidents of terrorism generate apprehension and fear. Some are uneasy with societies that have become more ethnically, religiously and racially diverse. There is an increasing sense that governments and the elite ignore public concerns.

In this cauldron of discontent, certain politicians are flourishing and even gaining power by portraying rights as protecting only the terrorist suspect or the asylum seeker at the expense of the safety, economic welfare, and cultural preferences of the presumed majority. They scapegoat refugees, immigrant communities, and minorities. Truth is a frequent casualty. Nativism, xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia are on the rise. 

This dangerous trend threatens to reverse the accomplishments of the modern human rights movement. In its early years, that movement was preoccupied with the atrocities of World War II and the repression associated with the Cold War. Having seen the evil that governments can do, states adopted a series of human rights treaties to limit and deter future abuse. Protecting these rights was understood as necessary for individuals to live in dignity. Growing respect for rights laid the foundation for freer, safer, and more prosperous societies.

But today, a growing number of people have come to see rights not as protecting them from the state but as undermining governmental efforts to defend them. In the United States and Europe, the perceived threat at the top of the list is migration, where concerns about cultural identity, economic opportunity, and terrorism intersect. Encouraged by populists, an expanding segment of the public sees rights as protecting only these “other” people, not themselves, and thus as dispensable. If the majority wants to limit the rights of refugees, migrants, or minorities, the populists suggest, it should be free to do so. That international treaties and institutions stand in the way only intensifies this antipathy toward rights in a world where nativism is often prized over globalism. 

It is perhaps human nature that it is harder to identify with people who differ from oneself, and easier to accept violation of their rights. People take solace in the hazardous assumption that the selective enforcement of rights is possible—that the rights of others can be compromised while their own remain secure.

But rights by their nature do not admit an à la carte approach. You may not like your neighbors, but if you sacrifice their rights today, you jeopardize your own tomorrow, because ultimately rights are grounded on the reciprocal duty to treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. To violate the rights of some is to erode the edifice of rights that inevitably will be needed by members of the presumed majority in whose name current violations occur. 

Excerpted from: ‘The Dangerous Rise of Populism’, Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, Executive Director

 

Hair in Hiding

I have noticed that almost all dark-haired television female journalist has taken to lighting their hair shade, even those of a certain ethnicity not known for such shades, kinda clownish I think, greasy lips and long false eye lashes included, the older ones are simply hiding the gray; is there some new on-screen requirement that is spearheading this development or is it just faddism run amok? Kinky-Afro’s have never been in vogue, not even on present day porn Web sites, at least not since the Afrocentric craze of the 1970’s. In the broadcast studio, behind the anchor desk, or in field reporting, its straight hair wigs or else, the else can be defined as out of a job. In television comedy and drama’s if the casting is to include certain ethnics from the first day of it having been green lighted the budget must include the expense of straight hair wigs so that the full cost of production can be realized going in so that there will not be any surprises or cost over runs at the finance meeting, oh, I forgot, the cost of hair dyeing in blond streaks must be included, also very faddish these days. On a recent panel discussion on CNN involving four women every one of them had hair that was streaked, one would have thought, like me, because of duplication would have just walked off the set, not realistic if one wants to work in television, one must look the part of a twenty-first century female television journalist engaging in fakery…

Dear Mr. Ford 1863 (part two)

Yesterday I posted the following in part to WordPress:

The ball is now in the Ford Motor Company’s court, instead of paying $6.00 an hour for workers in Mexico to $60.00 an hour at home, earning a little less per auto, charging more per auto, the question is, will the Americans be able to afford to own one…

 

As reported, The Ford Motor Company scripted the building the $1.6 billion small car automotive plant in Mexico employing a lot of low paying Mexicans for about it has been said to add 700 American higher paying jobs in Flat Rock, Michigan, it must be predicted, that those low paying Mexican jobs would have lasted up to ten years or more, however, those Michigan jobs only about half that time after considering, health benefits, vacations and such, will open wide the door to robotics much sooner, no health benefits, no vacations, no paid sick days and less paid employees…So Ford is looking to build the City of Tomorrow, with the return of the Ford Ranger and Bronco trucks by 2019, it’s a good chance that they will be employing the best of and a lot of robotics Ford money can buy to make that endeavor possible…the future in manufacturing has always been not with all hands on deck but more and more machines in production…Danger…Danger…

Dear Mr. Ford of 1863

‘Mexico is also no longer the top origin country among the most recent immigrants to the United States. In 2013, China and India overtook Mexico as the most common countries of origin of immigrants who have resided in the United States for one year or less. Furthermore, more Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico than have migrated to the United States since the end of the 2007-2009 Great Recession, per a recent report from Pew Research Center. The decline in Mexican inflows results from a mix of factors including weakened job opportunities in the United States, tougher border enforcement, the long-term decline in Mexico’s birth rates, and the improving Mexican economy’. Source, Migration Policy Institute, (MPI).

 

The Ford Motor Company has cancelled its plans to build a $1.6 billion-dollar automotive plant in Mexico, the cancellation will also effect local Mexican supply chain companies in the area as well as local infrastructure projects that were in the planning stages, all of which could have meant Mexican jobs for Mexicans in Mexico, also taking a hit, the Mexican economy big time. Mexicans have always had a special knack for going wherever the jobs are, it was once north, so it will be so again. The Mexican economy knows very well from experience how to enjoy and get along with the boost from the remittances sent home from low paying jobs in the U.S., the organizational financial structure is still in place from the old days, can be up and running again in no time.

 

The ball is now in the Ford Motor Company’s court, instead of paying $6.00 an hour for workers in Mexico to $60.00 an hour at home, earning a little less per auto, charging more per auto, the question is, will the Americans be able to afford to own one…

Neither Human Nor Domesticated

I was watching Deutsche Welle, (DW News), that has a documentary series of shorts, Global 3000, among many other short documentary type programs, that made a logical appraisal of wild life. The thing that endangers wild life more than any other is human poverty, the slaughter of animals for just a small part of their bodies for financial gain, many of which are used as a good luck charm, to ward off magic spells, or the healing of ills in traditional folk pharmaceuticals, handed down by centuries of old folklore tales of cures that can only be called religious or psychological bordering on the placeboeffect, that was all well and good for those ancient times, but these days we should know better, but superstitions dye hard if they ever do at all. Another endangerment to wild life, and this group one would think should know better, the rich, the well-off, who slaughter for sport or trophy, to hang on the walls or simply to take a photo with as bragging rights. They provide the unkindest cut of all, they have the means and the technology to do the greater harm, if told that there was only ‘one’ left they would want to be the one to bag it.

 

A modern-day review of wild life it’s a wonder that any exist at all today as humans encroach more and more on the wide-open spaces that all wild life require to thrive. Any conflict with wild life involving humans, the humans will always prevail, not realizing that in the long term of life on earth humans cannot continue without them, one animal extinction endangers all life, each life is connected in a chain a very fragile chain, much like a supply chain in business, remove one link, a space is made vacant that must be filled by anther species throwing life in that area out of joint that can be characterized by the ending of cooperation among certain species, once broken cannot be repaired. In short, man cannot survive without the common honeybee to pollenate crops, remove them than humans are doomed and at risk…don’t panic the end is far off if we learn to care more for the wild life around us now…