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Mapping Out The Revolving Door Between Gov't And Big Business In Venn Diagrams

Mapping Out The Revolving Door Between Gov't And Big Business In Venn Diagrams | Coffee Party News |

Via Larry Lessig we get series of Venn diagrams showing the revolving door between big business and government. When people talk about regulatory capture, this is what they mean. When people talk about corruption and crony capitalism, this is what they mean. If you want a quick visual idea of why so few people trust this government to do the right thing for the people, rather than the big companies, this is why. [MORE diagrams]

Coffee Party USA's insight:

A great diagram for every citizen to gaze upon! Thank You Larry Lessig of Harvard Law. Great Visual! Your friend Aaron would be proud of you.

Rene Thompson's comment, March 6, 2013 4:57 PM
Why not do both parties?
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, March 7, 2013 3:36 PM
This is most likely incomplete or it may also be due to the fact that we have a Democratic president filling jobs at the moment. It seems to record mostly those current positions that overlapped in earlier periods & show up in both parties. There does appear to be influence no matter which party is in charge.
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, March 11, 2013 11:21 AM
Also Aaron died as a result of Obama's (Bush's to a lesser degree) push to promote a cyberwar defenses and offenses and part of that means capturing and cornering talent like Aaron's to work for the government and corporate interest. I think many people don't realize that the Republicans aren't the only ones not playing in all the various power games fairly. All of them are reaching for the power of the web and being not clearly in control of it is scary to the so called and sometimes elected "ruling class" of all governments and businesses. The cyberwar is real and citizens all over the planet need to be fully aware that it may be the most serious war of all times and hold their own share of that power through activism, shopping habits and sending strong messages to officials all over the globe. The fight isn't just out of country hacks....It is over who will control the voice and the messages of the planet and the power it gives to many groups like this and totally different groups from this to connect to one another and collectively and individually seek answers to problems and discoveries we can't even imagine. And the longing to hold on to the old power structure is now challenged more than ever in history if people all over the world don't pay attention they will lose the war and never know it happened. Aaron's army goes on to make sure that doesn't happen. His death shows how serious all governments are taking this war. He faced more years in jail than a murderer in most states and all he was trying to do was make knowledge available as a cultural share. Now that's a scary odd war like we've never seen, but it is clearly real.
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Fun with pensions

Fun with pensions | Coffee Party News |
The burden of increased longevity in the rich worldON JUNE 6th François Hollande, France's new president, unveiled plans to reverse a planned rise in the official...

Curator's questions


The debate over retirement needs to broaden. That debate is totally related to the Medicare debate in our country since we do not have a national health care program in place for all citizens as all of the other developed nations have put in place and our primary health care is obtained through employers or must be privately purchased.


Here are some questions that need to be considered:


1. Is there a direct relationship between living longer and leaving the 5+-day work place sooner?

2. Is there a relationship between the increased 30 year outsourcing of labor intensive jobs to countries that have mainly an oppressed and often exploited populations directly related to many of these earlier retirements? All wealthier countries have engaged in this to various degrees.

3. How many retire early because of long-term lack of work as age often means higher cost to employers for insurance and hiring more experienced workers mean paying a higher salary? Not to pay experienced workers higher will discourage loyalty from young workers and undermine reasons to improve skills.

4. How many are retiring because of lack of job transferable training or skills as many of their jobs have gone the way of the blacksmiths of yesterday?

5. How will young workers find a good place if older workers hold on to job longer.

6. Will far more less wealthy people be forced to retire with far lower amounts to live on during these longer life spans? Many right now retire at 62 only because they are no longer healthy enough to work full time. Trying to work till 70 for full benefits will increase by far the number trying to live on the lowest pension amounts. Many job pensions also peg to the Social Security age meaning those benefits may also be unavailable to people who want or need to retire.

7. Will this raise the Medicare age as well? This would force everyone to work 40+ weeks to maintain a status that holds employer insurance.

8. How do we find full time, living wage paid work for everyone? Not only are labor intensive jobs shipped off to oppressed workers, but we just don't need as many to plant, harvest, manufacture, be soldiers, dig ditches, type and take notes, collect payments, do book keeping and fish in a time where we have computers, robots and mega machines?

9. How many retire in their 60s to care for someone in their 80s or 90s? What happens when they cannot afford to do that?

10. How many retire early because they have more wealth and don't have to downgrade lifestyles just to live social security? Perhaps those with more should not draw unless they have hardship or loss of other wealth. Does Warren Buffet really need social security if he doesn’t fall on hard times?


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