Thursday, February 13, 2014

Incognito Walking Dead Girls (spoilers)

Episode 90!!! The Walking Dead is back!!! Carl or Karl? Probably Carl - can't die. Michonne used to be a mom! On Girls, Ray may be a role model for born losers everywhere. Hannah gets the job that every right out of college wannabe artist gets. But Hannah is in New York, so she gets free snacks and a more impressive resume. But first Germar complains about being Germar and Racist Richie. That's what people call him now. *shrug*


  1. Thank you for your insightful podcasts on that status of African-Americans today in America, I believe as an African-American that integration has failed and is largely a myth. One principal of Nation of Islam is: "WE BELIEVE that the offer of integration is hypocritical and is made by those who are trying to deceive the Black peoples into believing that their 400-year-old open enemies of freedom, justice, and equality are, all of a sudden, their friends. Furthermore, we believe that such deception is intended to prevent Black people from realizing that the time in history has arrived for the separation from the whites of this nation.". My question is: should black Americans have their own country where they could live in equality and build something that works for black Americans?

    Thank you!!

    1. Some people may think this comment a joke. I realize that this was a serious question and movement, at least through the 1990s. I would not be for separate states - but I don't know that it won't work. Here are some easy issues:
      Those that don't want to segregate - are they accepted anywhere? And how hard will life be for people who decide not to join "Black America."
      Then of course, just like secession, cutting off ties to the United States, cuts off necessary aid. Building a nation from little or nothing, now, is beyond daunting.
      Additionally, I think that people will always divide and fight - happens in Africa - happens everywhere. Whether it's poor vs rich, light vs dark, or east vs west - a new fight, but still a fight. At least in the current struggle we have history, allies, knowledge and some power. I rather continue to win battles, and not wage a new war.

  2. Thankfully, I'm much more hopeful than this. The way I see it, our integration only began about 30-40 years ago. The 100+ years between the Civil War and de-segregation was wasted time as far as opportunity for integration goes. Then another 10 years when segregation was illegal but laws were not enforced and many whites, especially in the south refused to accept integration. ...and this integration is still quite superficial as large amount of blacks still live in poverty, high crime areas with terrible schools.

    In northern industrial cities blacks enjoyed a fair amount of prosperity until in the 50's and 60's manufacturing companies started to relocate away from the cities to escape the growing power of the unions. In Detroit this is largely when racism and economic disparity together proved to be too much.

    Speaking as a northerner, although there is still obvious racism, it is no longer the biggest problem. Inner city blacks have not had prosperity, or much chance at it for the better part of the last 50 years due to the constant bleeding of jobs, first from the inner cities, then from America altogether. I used to think that if we could solve the inner city education problems we might to see progress. I don't think that anymore, at least for now. There are multitudes of rich white people with degrees that can't find work.

    Black and white people do not have serious dogmatic differences like in the Middle East. We mostly want the same thing...

    Now, my rant...

    We have a job problem. Manufacturing jobs. Nothing would help the black community faster than more manufacturing jobs. And I'm sorry, but the solution is not forcing the remaining employers to raise wages to make up for the departed unless we want them to close up shop too. Simple economics.

    Many rich Americans invest a large portion of their money overseas because we've made it increasing more difficult for them to invest it here. It's sad. You could say it's not right... but it's economic reality. Voting for higher wages instead of more jobs just makes the rich invest more overseas which leaves the poor to fight over an ever shrinking piece of the pie. We should be trying to entice not only rich Americans, but rich people from all over the world to invest here.

    There is still a racial divide in America and unless we can fix at least some of the economic disparity by bringing some of our manufacturing jobs back, it's only going to get worse.

    Thankfully, in the last 10 years there has been a slight resurgence of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Many of these are from European companies that are trying to escape their unions and take advantage of our cheap but skilled labor.

    If you raise the cost of something, people are less willing to buy.

    1. I have to figure this out, but it's a learning process. Whenever anyone comments, I never really know what they're referencing - this episode, a previous episode, or another comment. I always go re-listen to everything. Immediately, I get defensive, before realizing that it may have nothing to do with anything I did or said.

      Everything Stan said is debatable (economics). I don't have the knowledge to debate it, but I said something similar on Facebook and the progressive party straight snapped on me.

      I used to think we all wanted the same thing - same goal, different strategy. I don't think that anymore. It may not be racial lines though - party lines, class lines, but there's a line. I think many people are a bit more selfish, self-centered. They take care of their families only. Some people genuinely want the best for everyone. I think that could be the big divide. And of course when you're the have-not, it's easy to want to see equality for all. I do love it though when really rich types give so much to communities and groups all over the country.

      I don't know what I feel about wages. I do know that CEOs don't work 400-1000x harder than the average worker - and aren't 400-1000x more valuable - ever.

    2. Sorry about the disconnection. I've listened to almost all your shows, but didn't get to this one. I started off making a simple comment based on the nature of anonymous's comment of integration being a myth, which is rather disheartening, then (to paraphrase myself) I realized, that yes, it is a myth if America can never return to somewhat of a manufacturing nation. And that's more of a rich/poor issue than anything. I can see you thinking "what is this guy talking about?!"

      I do believe people are selfish, especially for their families. I am a capitalist though, so I think that even if many entrepreneurs are selfish, they tend to create systems everyone can benifit from.

      Once again, sorry for the comment from the abyss.

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    4. no worries. It's not you, it happens all over the web. And it's difficult because these comments are not meant to be essays. No one should have to ever say, "referencing Anon's comment about 3:17 on Epi: 101."

      I just have to remember that, especially now that more people are surfing in and commenting.

  3. What? You didn't want me to make a comment about CEO's? :) Hey, if no one harassed you, it wouldn't be the internet!


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