If You Keep Voting For Neoliberals, This Is What Happens – Part 6

20120128-cartoonSlavery in the City: Death of 21-year-old intern Moritz Erhardt at Merrill Lynch sparks furore over long hours and macho culture at banks

Serious concerns have been raised tonight about the punishing hours endured by interns at City investment banks following the death of a young Bank of America Merrill Lynch employee.

Moritz Erhardt, 21, was nearing the end of a seven-week internship in London when he collapsed at home after working until 6am for three days in a row.

It’s a tragic story.

It is also a story that could not have happened if the working hours laws that large companies have worked so hard to undermine were actually enforced properly.

Also, if you want to go along with the culture in these places that led to this tragedy, these internships are probably  counterproductive for both the companies and those doing the internships. This article from CBS News neatly explains why.

If You Keep Voting For Neoliberals, This Is What Happens – Part 3

This one has been sitting in the “to do” pile (maybe that should be folder) for a while now but the point still stands…

560Lawmakers in the state of Michigan, a cradle of the US labour movement, have passed a law limiting union power, amid mass protests at the statehouse.

Republicans, who control the state legislature, have succeeded in banning a requirement that workers pay union fees as a condition of employment.

Outside, police in riot gear used tear gas to control tensions among a crowd of more than 10,000 protesters.

Passage of the measure makes Michigan the 24th “right-to-work” state.

Bills sent by the House and Senate were signed into law by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder early on Tuesday evening.

From Our Own Contrivement

When I was younger I used to document fluff pieces when I found them on TV or radio.

Partly due to the job I had then and partly for posterity, I would document and save the obvious propaganda pieces I saw – and sometimes use them in classes.

However, the sheer volume of it is obviously impossible to keep up with, and to be honest, it’s bad for the soul: “He who stares into the abyss…” and so on. Over the years, even though it annoys me, I have just learned to let it go.

Most of that stuff that I collected has been binned now. I would never have had time in a million years to write about it all.

However, sometimes you just can’t let it pass.

This morning I listened to the episode of “From Our Own Correspondent” from October 4th of this year called  A Tale of Two Termini (at time of writing it is the fourth one down on this page).

I’ll give you a rundown of the pieces in the episode…

  1. France bad (socialist [sic] president don’t you know), England good. France and England usually develop in a parallel way but now France bad France bad France bad (socialist president don’t you know), England better (has problems yes but no bad socialist president).
  2. Venezuela dangerous (Socialist president don’t you know), Chavez opponent good (even has “boyish charm” don’t you know). Socialists dangerous. Don’t wear wrong colours. 14 years of Socialist president is enough don’t you know?
  3. Assange bad (don’t you know). Wouldn’t he have been happier just “painting flowers?” – believe it or not that is more or less a quote. Oh and muslims bad don’t you know? Denmark cartoon guy better than Assange don’t you know?
  4. Communists were bad don’t you know? Stalin was bad, did bad things. Watch out for those communists and socialists. Bad Bad Bad.
  5. China Bad… or is it Good? Ah, they are just a little silly and culturally underdeveloped.

It has to be heard to be believed. I’m keeping it in case I am ever teaching media studies classes again.

[Cartoon from the Pleb]

You Won’t See A Union Jack Here Again

I have just spent a rather unpleasant 7 minutes listen to Ruth Davidson using highly inaccurate figures and talking about a fair and equitable society.

Therefore, in an unusual tactic for me, I have decided to stick a Union Jack on this site for the first time to show her how fair and equitable those unbridled capitalist policies that her party supports have been to the public of the United Kingdom that she would like to keep together…