7/10-14/17….

Can’t resist. From The Boston Globe today

Lack of visa workers has Cape and Islands hotspots in a bind
The Fourth of July has come and gone, and for Cape and Islands employers grappling with a worker shortage, reality has set in. This is going to be a rough summer.

Businesses are getting by — hiring anyone who walks in the door, bringing on more students, even giving shifts to foreign workers brought to the United States by other companies, which is against the law. But training and overtime costs are starting to pile up, and some employers have had to turn away banquet business and cancel landscaping contracts, for example, because they don’t have enough employees.

So where are all the workers Trump claims are losing jobs to foreigners?

Sentiments with which I thoroughly agree. The customary usage, pace Nassim Taleb, is “idiots savants.” http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/good-people-really/ Be sure to click this referenced link: http://thefutureprimaeval.net/the-overton-bubble/  Here’s a sample: “Even at the height of religious persecution of heretics, top theologians were engaging more honestly and openly with the best heresies than Harvard does today. The Overton window has become an Overton bubble, with most respectable people trapped inside of it, unable to hear or think thoughts outside it…And so now we are stuck with a really nasty situation: A closed bubble of mainstream left-wing thought unwilling and incapable of engaging with anything outside itself, which is rapidly shifting so that almost all principles of good governance and civilization are outside it. And on the other side an uncontrolled free-for-all outside the bubble, not mature enough to reliably settle on truth and the principles of civilization, but quite economical enough to organize effective and fully hostile challengers to the elite consensus.”

It strikes me that Donald Trump Jr. is exactly what Trump haters and would-be impeachers have been praying for. The dumb son who wants to be a big shot. As I recall, there was some kind of academic dustup involving Don Jr. at the Buckley School that led to rumors of a fat gift to get the kid into Buckley being reneged on when he couldn’t cut it brains-wise.

7/12:

There’s a person on The Lord High Executioner’s “little list” (Mikado) to whom I often refer when commenting on people who seek high office without any idea of what’s involved and how to comport themselves: “The lady from the provinces/Who dresses like a guy/And who doesn’t think she dances/But would rather like to try.” No – I’m not thinking of Trump. He thinks he dances. But I think this fits our incompetent Mayor De Blasio  perfectly. By “incompetent” I mean an absolute zero sense of occasion.

The latest iteration of what I call “the Clinton Theory”: if everyone’s lying, no one is. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/the-everybody-does-it-defense-of-collusion/533325/

As I was saying…http://nypost.com/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-is-an-idiot/amp/

7/13

How about a little “fake news” from the good guys? Really fake – such as a rumor that Jared Kushner blew the whistle to the media on Donny Jr. to strengthen his position in the family internecine  wars? I’ve long felt there’s good work to be done on the Jared/Ivanka vs. Donny Jr/Eric front. Speaking of which: http://www.thedailybeast.com/team-trump-hunts-for-traitors-while-the-president-growls-at-the-tv?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning An interesting quote: “It’s a theory and tale of intra-family backstabbing that has gained traction on pro-Trump, right-wing, and alt-right media sites—which often baselessly blames Kushner for things—but is seen as straight-up laughable to Kushner and his allies, as well as others in the White House.” Now if I was a Trump-hater wishing to discomfit the bad guys, alt-right etc. are exactly those whose knicker a leak would seek to twist.

Hmmm! https://therealdeal.com/2017/07/12/sales-at-apples-fifth-avenue-store-plummet-by-over-100m/  Incidentally, the owners/landlords of many of these big vacant spaces “earn” more by leaving them empty than by renting them at less than optimum market rates. I personally regard this as an unconscionable subsidy.

I would hope so. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/technology/what-we-lose-when-the-world-moves-on-from-email.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ct_20170713&nl=technology&nl_art=3&nlid=2476992&ref=headline&te=1

I really like David Brooks’s Tuesday column on class, class markers and exclusion. I think these are rampant on our elite campuses. For instance, the recommendation (NB) of a Harvard faculty committee to punish students who join “final clubs” like Porcellian, Fly etc. Just imagine what the alumni of these clubs represent in terms of financial and legacy firepower and reckon the odds of the Recommendation being enacted as Harvard policy. That said, the final clubs are markers of the kind of undergraduate class distinction that ignites resentment. Let’s see if Yale goes after Skull & Bones. some of the responses to Brooks’s column are priceless. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/opinion/its-not-the-fault-of-the-sandwich-shop-readers-debate-david-brookss-column.html?ribbon-ad-idx=14&src=trending&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Trending&pgtype=article Throw this into the hopper: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/opinion/republicans-elites-trump.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region

And to close out the day, from my admired friend Melik Kaylan: https://www.forbes.com/sites/melikkaylan/2017/07/13/the-secret-history-of-the-trump-putin-meeting-and-its-consequences/#10f876b74cbd

7/14

David Brooks is very good today, but for those of us condemned to watch the antics or (asBill Buckley would put it) the tergiversations of the whore-poseur who is NYC’s mayor, this is a good place to start: https://jacobinmag.com/2017/07/new-york-fiscal-crisis-debt-municipal-politics-elections-socialists

This is from Fortune editor Alan Murray’s daily post. Interesting:

Who is the world’s leading economic power?

My former colleagues at the Pew Research Center have released their latest poll asking that question of publics in 38 nations. They found a median of 42% pick the U.S., while 32% name China. But it depends on where you ask.

Across Latin America, most of Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, the U.S. is still seen as the stronger economic power. And by a 51% – 35% margin, Americans name their own country before China. U.S. esteem is highest in South Korea (66% to 27% for China), Japan (62% to 19%), Israel (52% to 33%) and Vietnam (51% to 17%).

But in seven out of 10 European Union nations, China comes out on top. It leads the U.S. by 47% to 37% in France, where President Trump is spending Bastille Day. The polls show neither Xi Jinping nor Donald Trump rank particularly high in global esteem. A median of 53% say they don’t have confidence in the Chinese leader to do the right thing in world affairs, while 74% express little or no confidence in the U.S. president. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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