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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Friday, 3 February 2017 at 4h 22m 13s

Yo fool

I hear all these folks criticizing me and the profession of teaching, saying we got it easy, we get all these vacations and lotsa time off, and cushy pensions to boot. Inevitably, I hear it at least once a year, usually from some random contact with a moron who mouths off loud enough so that I could hear them.

That happened this evening. Waiting behind two 30-ish aged dudes at the supermarket, I overheard them discussing how educators (in particular, college professors) got this lush lifestyle. They show up to class 5 times a week for one hour. Sit in their room another 5 hours, and then chill at home or the beach or the coffee shop the rest of their life. Then they get a pension that is more than most middle class Americans.

Well, yea but, so fucking what. The educational investment that went into this perceived lifestyle in and of itself is what the discussion should be. Humans teaching and training the next generation is what we mean about education. You want computers to take over. Realize that behind the computer is a firm that gets paid to run and implement the computer. Rather than a single individual who connects with individual students, you get homogenized product interfacing with humans without the ability to sense those students humanity. Is that a good thing? Will that actually produce better outcomes?

And here’s a big fat bitch slap. I work a minimum of 60 hours a week during the school year -- and more usually something north of 65 hours a week (mind you I am not alone, this is true for a large majority of K-12 teachers). Now I do work only 36 weeks per year — ignoring the prep time during summer, as well the inevitable and guaranteed grading of papers during and on “vacation” days.

Let’s do a comparison. Take a teacher who works 36 weeks and averages 60 hours per week (ignoring the statements above). That is 36 times 60, or 2160 hours per year. Keep in mind this is the absolute minimum. If we did 36 times 65 (more realistic) … we get 2340 hours per year.

Now compare this to a worker who does 40 hours per 5 day week with weekends free. Assume a 2 week compilation of vacation days. So that means 50 weeks of hard work at an average of 40 hours per week. Guess what? That is 2000 hours per year. 160 less than the minimum teacher, or 4 more weeks of work per year. If we use the more realistic 2340 hours, that is 340 more hours per year - almost 9 more weeks per year !!!

Now tell me again that teachers are lucky and get all that time off. We actually work more hours per year than someone who works 40 hours per week for 50 weeks out of the year (this is literally what I told this punk in the grocery line by the way).

And my pension? My pension is in the hands of politically appointed directors who invest the accumulated funds that teachers and school districts pay into the CalStrs program (CALifornia State Teacher Retirement System). California has the best teacher pension system in the entire USA, however, it is still run and directed by politically appointed directors.

Someone named Michelle Rhee who heads the corporate slush funded non-profit ideological institute of Students-First has publicly stated that teachers should have their pensions eliminated. Apparently this causes us to become complacent and lazy - which means a lot coming from a woman who literally taped her students mouths with tape to keep them from talking, never realizing the insanity of this method of classroom management because she is a self-loathing, amoral person who should have never been allowed near children in the first place. But now that Michelle is married to ex-Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who himself runs a charter school, she and her ilk are all about driving a stake into the Public of “public” schools. They don’t want the lower and middle classes educated.

But that’s a discussion I will save for another day.

Thursday, 2 February 2017 at 5h 5m 44s

Why it will be wet tomorrow

Look at that fierce southern tail on this counter-clockwise spinning system.

Thursday, 2 February 2017 at 0h 48m 26s

Scott Pruitt Will Bring Arsenic Lead Mercury to your water and air

This is from Bill Moyers.

[SOURCE: Bill Moyers | 31 January 2017]

Sunday, 29 January 2017 at 16h 41m 9s

The clueless dishonor

Kurt Eichenwald -- Senior writer at Newsweek and reporter for The New York Times since 1986 -- recently spleened a twitter explosion on the insane disrespect Trump had when his first public address as President was before the CIA Memorial Room.

"I am going to try to explain why there is so much outrage in the intelligence agencies about what Trump did on Saturday in his CIA speech.

Imagine having a campaign rally at the National Cemetery. Or a cocktail fundraiser amid the grave markers of US soldiers in Normandy. This "event'' Trump held, purportedly to greet CIA employees, was in the Memorial Wall room, where 117 CIA employees who died in service to our country are honored. Many more have died, and it takes special approval to receive a star on the wall or be listed in the book, called the Book of Honor. Many of the names of the fallen will never be known, because their identities have to be kept secret even in death. Rarely is that room used for anything, but when it is, solemn nature of it is recognized. GW Bush was, I believe the first president to hold an event there in 2001, but it was exceedingly respectful and in keeping with the meaning of the room.

The second major event was an appearance by Obama after the killing of Bin Laden, when he went to the CIA to thank the ppl there for their often anonymous sacrifices that led to that success in the fight against terrorism. Again, solemn and fitting with the meaning of the room. Both Bush and Obama paid deep homage to those honored in the book and by the stars. CIA employees listened respectfully, but did not turn the events into rallies.

Then, Trump.

He has the audacity to bring people from his team to cheer for him and sit in the front rows. I can't imagine CIA employees cheering and whooping it up at Memorial Wall. It would be like screaming "BOO-yah!" at a funeral . Trump made a single, over-the-shoulder mention of the stars. But he spent most of his time griping about the media, bragging about the number of times he had been on the cover of Time Magazine, and complaining that everyone was lying about numbers at his inauguration and all the while, his professional cheerleaders who couldn't find their way to the CIA bathroom are sitting there, cheering for the many who apparently needs applause everywhere he goes.

It was an abomination, perhaps the most disrespectful thing I have ever seen done by any president in that kind of place.

I felt sure we would hear from former director Brennan pretty fast. Why? Because one of those stars on the wall belongs to a close friend of his who died in service of this country. And he knows who all the others are as well. For him, I'm sure, it was like watching someone having a picnic on the graves in the National Cemetery. And then the same Trump staff that was too lazy or stupid to do the advance work on the CIA trip, so that they knew the meaning of the wall, go on TV to attack Brennan as a partisan hack for wanting a room of such enormous meaning to be treated with the solemnity it deserves.

And that is an important element here. I actually don't blame Trump for this horror show on Saturday. Few people outside of government know the meaning of the wall. That was his staff's job, and they clearly had no idea what they were sending Trump to do. No sane person would agree to send a cheering squad. They are incompetent. Worse, they are arrogant, and respond to others pointing out their undeniable errors by attacking and whining.

No, anger at the dishonoring of patriots who died is not partisan. You don't want criticism? Do your jobs better and when you screw up, like you did by turninga most solemn place in intel world as a rah-rah location, just admit it, apologize, and move on."

[SOURCE: Progressive Eruptions | 23 January 2017]

Saturday, 28 January 2017 at 3h 27m 3s

Republicans are getting shaky

This is from the Booman Tribune

The italicized parts are from an article in the New York Times titled "As Trump Thunders G.O.P. lawmakers duck and cover" and is about the recent meeting by Republican leaders in Philadelphia.

I want to present you with this from a former Republican governor of South Carolina who now serves in the House of Representatives. You probably remember Mark Sanford from his remarkable feat of hiking the Appalachian Trail in Argentina with his mistress while officials in the Palmetto State desperately tried to discover their chief executive’s whereabouts. He has seen the new president and he’s not impressed.

~ But at least a few lawmakers have shown greater alarm at elements of Mr. Trump’s first days. Mr. Sanford recalled a recent conversation with a colleague in his party about the president’s false statements on voter fraud.

“A fellow member turned to me and pointed to it and said, ‘That’s what third-world dictators do,’” Mr. Sanford said. “They just repeat the same misinformation over and over and over again until it sinks in.” ~

It’s not normal to have a Republican congressman comparing a president of his own party to a third-world dictator because he lies so brazenly and repeatedly in his efforts to establish a false reality. Of course, Sanford was only repeating what his colleague felt. How did he feel?

~ Mr. Sanford was asked if he shared his peer’s concerns that Mr. Trump had displayed authoritarian tendencies. He paused for a beat.

“I’m going to give anybody the benefit of the doubt,” he said, “over the first three days.” ~

I’m not sure what’s with all the Republicans counting Trump’s presidency from Monday instead of from Friday noon when it actually began, but the three days are up no matter how you count them. There is a limit to how long you can give someone the benefit of the doubt. We’re stuck with doubt now, and it’s never going to improve.

Friday, 27 January 2017 at 4h 56m 33s


He's obsessed with proving how popular he is because he's an insecure man.

Anna Kasperian at The Young Turks

I truly love Anna from afar. Her mind, her personality, her feisty spirit, her sense of justice, her empathy, her playfulness, ... she is cool. I'm probably 15 years older, but I so feel her compassion and genuine soul every time. I admit I'm attracted to her smile.

And as usual Anna is spot on. Our dear President is a seriously flawed man. You think Hilary or Obama or Bush or Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan or ... or even Richard Nixon ... was flawed. Whoa-boy you got truck load after truck load of education coming big dawg (and dawgettes ). This is where the last 40 years of bullshit corporate conservatism and their fucking lackeys crash in front of Joe and Jill Q Public showing their ass for all to see.

Case in point: you gotta be broken if you found some way to criticism the 21 January Women's marches on Saturday. But alas there are fools who need to earn a living. claiming the movement discredited itself. Because?

But these marches can never be an effective opposition to Donald Trump.

In the first place, this movement focuses on the wrong issues.

Oh fuck. The wrong issues. My fucking god y'all. Shoulda stayed home and watched Fox News so we could learn about the "right" issues. Just like our President elect himself.

Second, there was too big a gap between Saturday’s marches and the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Really? Too big a gap you say. Please. Elaborate.

Sometimes social change happens through grass-roots movements — the civil rights movement. But most of the time change happens through political parties: The New Deal, the Great Society, the Reagan Revolution. Change happens when people run for office, amass coalitions of interest groups, engage in the messy practice of politics.

Without the discipline of party politics, social movements devolve into mere feeling, especially in our age of expressive individualism. People march and feel good and think they have accomplished something. They have a social experience with a lot of people and fool themselves into thinking they are members of a coherent and demanding community. Such movements descend to the language of mass therapy.

It’s significant that as marching and movements have risen, the actual power of the parties has collapsed. Marching is a seductive substitute for action in an antipolitical era, and leaves the field open for a rogue like Trump.

Finally, identity politics is too small for this moment. On Friday, Trump offered a version of unabashed populist nationalism. On Saturday, the anti-Trump forces could have offered a red, white and blue alternative patriotism, a modern, forward-looking patriotism based on pluralism, dynamism, growth, racial and gender equality and global engagement.

Instead, the marches offered the pink hats, an anti-Trump movement built, oddly, around Planned Parenthood, and lots of signs with the word “pussy” in them. The definition of America is up for grabs. Our fundamental institutions have been exposed as shockingly hollow. But the marches couldn’t escape the language and tropes of identity politics.

The only one who is hollow, it's you David Brooks. You are the one who is hollow. You stand on the curvature of history and pretend to distill events through the lens of history that you are paid to create, spinning moralistic eulogies about how the resistance to the aristocracy is silly and illegitimate because you have access to a large massive newspaper that pays you to spew bullshit.

For instance, when you say this:

It’s significant that as marching and movements have risen, the actual power of the parties has collapsed.

-- you ignore the influence that large aggregations of billionaire and hedge funds used to infiltrate the political process, buying politicians and making the costs of grass-roots representative sky-rocket.(Like you care) Political parties are not collapsing because of this "significance" that marching and movements have "risen" dumb ass. But that's what these hired jackals do. They conflate the zeitgeist of the moment with the overall agenda, making everything fit into the paradigm, thinking those who read their bullshit will become convinced and hi-jacked for further mind rape.

But alas, very few persons are actually fooled. That's the thing these morons don't get. People know a con artist when they hear one after a few iterations. They can own the media but they can't own the common sense of the average American.

Oh and by the way, "the definition of America" is NOT "up for grabs" merely because of "lots of signs with the word 'pussy' in them" or because "the marches offered the pink hats" or because "people march and feel good and think they have accomplished something". The "definition of America" has been up for grabs for a while now, and has little to do with your gymnastic attempts to pigeon-hole this massive historical moment in the beginning of the resistance. We fight for "the definition of America" every single day that we live. Or we get paid to promote a certain "definition of America" and have a massive newspaper in the queen city of a major world nation from which to preach.

Fuck you David Brooks. When in our history has a mass protest the day after a newly elected president ever far out-numbered the inauguration? When in the history of our republic? You want to belittle this fucking history with some microscopic shallow splicing of hairs about the word "pussy". Or your absolutely pathetic opinion that "such movements descend into the language of mass therapy."

Hmmm. Funny that it is David Brooks who speaks of "the language of mass therapy".

Uhgh. I so detest this mother fucker.

[SOURCE: David Brooks | New York Times | 24 January 2017]

Friday, 27 January 2017 at 2h 30m 12s

The cold hard truth

From Driftglass

Make a little Post-It note and put it up where you can see it every day to remind you to begin your thinking about resistance each day with two, cold facts: First, from the Bastard President all the way down to your Crazy Uncle Liberty, the Republican Party is a rabid dog, and second, the Fourth Estate sold us out and abandoned their post years ago.

Do not look for help from the media. Do not delude yourself into believing that there is any spark of humanity or sanity left inside the Party of Lincoln. Both institutions are rubble and their ruins are ruled over by swine and goblins who do not give the tiniest shit about this country or about you.

Do not waste your time trying to reason with Conservative zombies or the ghosts who haunt the boneyard of American journalism. They cannot hear you and they do not care

I have reached the point in my perspective of history and my country that I completely agree with this statement. It has come time for every single democracy-loving honest citizen to take part in their civic duties rather than sit back and watch the event unfold, hoping some hero leaders out there will do the right thing, make the right speech, and then presto magic we get our democracy back. Nope. Our politics is corrupt, bought and paid for. What the fuck is Democrat honcho Charles Schumer doing even smiling at the words of Mr. Trump and voting for his cabinet picks? Whose side are you on boy? Real patriots say "Fuck You" and vote no with a spine. Real patriots sit their stoically and do not laugh at contrived bullshit attempts at humor by the authoritarian racist in charge.

I am so over this bullshit. Every single Democrat should vote "no" on every single cabinet pick and filibuster all four years if necessary. Who cares if you lose? Consistency is what matters at this point. You are getting nothing for your vote, nothing at all, because these people just pretend to negotiate. Once you put your balls on the table, they bring out the hammer and smash you every ... single ... time. You can't compromise with authoritarians, because they are always angling in need of dominance. Just like bullies. If you don't resist and stand firm from day one they will continue their constant barrage of anti-democratic injustices as far as society will permit.

The time is now people. The only one here to save you is you.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 3h 36m 46s

This is how they play

Click here for the story on how reporters are being arrested for covering anti-Trump inauguration events, AND

at least six media workers are facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

News flash. The Donald is insecure and petty. This is how authoritarian's roll. This is why Trump is bringing staffers and acolytes to every single time he makes a speech or press conference. They clap and applaud and make The Donald happy.

OMFG is this really happening.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 at 1h 38m 18s

A Real Good Economics article

From the Bill Miller blog, an article about Modern Monetary Theory in defense of the mainstream corporate media's need to defend the status quo of Rational Economic Humans.

The mainstream promote the idea that an economic proposition that is not backed up by some mathematical expressions is clearly inferior and likely to be wrong.

Suffice to say that the great works of Marx and Keynes, among others would be disregarded if the inclusion of mathematical squiggles was the demarcation criteria between deficient and sound analysis.

But it is also not correct that MMT economists have avoided formal expressions when they consider them to be useful in advancing comprehension.

For example, in my 2008 book with Joan Muysken – Full Employment abandoned – there is a lot of mathematical exposition, where appropriate and effective.

Further, the expression Garbage-In, Garbage-Out applies in this case.

A formal mathematical model is just a logical construct following the rules of mathematics. Whether it has traction with the real world is another matter all together and that depends, in part, on the assumptions we start with to ‘set up’ the formal model.

So if we start by assume there is a ‘representative agent’ (representing us all to overcome intractable aggregation problems) that is always rational and maximising and who follows the formal dictates of rational expectations (which assume on average the guesses about the future are always correct) and can ‘solve’ complex intertemporal (across time) maximising problems that require understanding of the techniques, such as random process, measure theory, Lebesque integrals, Ito Calculus and the rest, then it is pretty certain, the output from such an exercise will be nonsense.

Hence, the failure to predict the Global Financial Crisis or even see that there was any problem at all developing.

The evidence is clearly that people within social systems do not behave remotely like the ‘single person’ (agent) in the mainstream macroeconomics models.

The introduction of rational expectations into the literature (in the late 1960s but the idea really gathered pace in the late 1970s) led to mainstream economists talking endlessly about ‘forward-looking maximising behaviour’.

John Muth (1961), who introduced the idea to economists, claimed (p.316) that:

I should like to suggest that expectations, since they are informed predictions of future events, are essentially the same as the predictions of the relevant economic theory …

[Reference: Muth, J.F. (1961) ‘Rational Expectations and the Theory of Price Movements’, Econometrica, 29(3), 315-35.]

In other words, when we make guesses about the future, we are assumed to be acting as if we know the actual data generating process that will deliver that future. We are sometimes wrong but on average our errors net to zero – which means we have more or less perfect foresight.

William Poole summarised the literature in this way (p.468):

The rational-expectations hypothesis is that the market’s psychological anticipation … [future price] … equals the true model’s expectation …

[Reference: Poole, W. (1976) ‘Rational Expectations in the Macro Model’, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2, 463-514.]

The economic modelling task then came down to the following steps:

  1. Assume – that is, assert without foundation – that all persons are rational and deploy rational expectations. They interact within efficient, competitive markets (that is, where prices shift to balance demand and supply to ensure the configuration of outcomes (resource usage) is optimal for all.

  2. Write some mathematical equations reflecting this.

  3. Solve the equations for the unknown outcomes.

  4. Shock the ‘solution’ with some policy change and ‘prove’ it is ineffective because as a result of (1) all agents predict in advance the shock and act to negate it.

  5. Write ridiculous articles that claim that fiscal policy is ineffective.

... Arthur Okun (hardly a radical economist) once mused that if the mathematical depiction of decision making represented by the rational expectations literature was correct then all the economists on payrolls around the world were redundant because even the person delivering the post ‘knew’ the underlying economic model that generated the empirical observations we call economic data.

While reflecting on the usefulness of rational expectations, James Tobin noted in 1980 that (p.796):

Herbert Simon and others have accumulated considerable evidence to support the hypothesis that decision makers, from students and consumers to executives and statesmen, use “rules of thumb” in the face of uncertainties and complexities that defy detailed anaylsis and explicit optimization. Decision making itself is costly. The rules that simplify decisions are not unalterable, of course, but they tend to persist unless the environment is perceived to have changed drastically or they yield disastrous results.

[Reference: Tobin, J. (1980) ‘Are New Classical Models Plausible Enough to Guide Policy?’, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 12(4), 788-799.]

There has been a long-standing tradition of institutional researchers who have understood that individuals do not behave in the way depicted by these streamlined mathematical frameworks deployed by economists. The more recent behavioural economics research has ratified the conclusions of those past understandings.

Tobin had earlier written (1972, p.13):

Lucas’ paper provides a rigorous defense of the natural rate hypothesis, and the study’s rigor and sophistication have the virtue of making clear exactly what the hypothesis requires. The structure of the economy, including the rules guiding fiscal and monetary policy, must be stable and must be understood by all participants. The participants not only must receive the correct information about the structure but also must use all of the data correctly in estimating prices and in making quantity decisions. These participants must be better econometricians than any of us at the Conference. If they are, they will always be – except unavoidable mistakes due to purely random elements in the time sequence of aggregate money demand – at their utility- and profit-maximizing real positions.

The was a touch of humour here but the point he was making was obvious. The sort of requirements that these mathematical models that mainstream economists deploy place such unrealistic demands on human reasoning that they are of little use in understanding what actually goes on in the real world.

[Reference: Tobin, J. (1972) ‘The Wage-Price Mechanism: Overview of the Conference’, in Eckstein, O. (ed.) The Econometrics of Price Determination, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Social Science Research Council, Washington, 5-15.]

But research communities that become crippled by the onset of Groupthink avoid these intersections with reality.

Exactly. I call it paralysis by analysis. Falling in love with data at the expense of the individuals behind the data. Numbers are only as good as their interpretation, and numbers are easily misinterpreted if you have misconceptions or biases about the underlying phenomenom because humans innately see what they want to see.

Sunday, 22 January 2017 at 21h 16m 37s

Trump spokeman Sean Spicer -- first press conference

This is Sean Spicer, President Trump's press secretary. He did not take questions from the media journalists at this, the first of President Trump's press conferences. Mind you this comes off the last press conference, which was from President Trump himself, when he called CNN a fake news outlet.