Why USA (or any) Workers Don’t Make Progress

1) Global corporatist (no national allegiances) CEOs extravagantly compensated
2) Citizen United allows CSuites unlimited “legal” PACs and Dark Money to “lobby” all candidates from both parties
3) No talk of “SayOnPay” or elimination of various preferred stock classes and similar crony capitalism oligarchical mechanisms, or meaningful stock grants to employees
4) Diversionary talk of unlivable Living Wages / increased minimum wages (shiny metal $15 an hour red herrings)

The Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6 pm. American Baptist College 1800 Baptist World Center Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37207 || https://www.facebook.com/events/958696150983355/

The Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has organized representatives of the poor and directly affected from across the state to testify at the Poor People’s Hearing at American Baptist College in Nashville on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6 pm. This is the evening before the 2019 session of the Tennessee legislature convenes.

This is a moment in which our legislators, elected officials and the people in power across the state most need to hear the voices of the directly affected and the moral authority of faith leaders in addressing the grievous sins of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. We have invited our state legislators and national Congressional representatives, as well as mayors and officials from cities and counties across Tennessee.

We are inviting the powerful — not to speak for us — but to listen. We are inviting those in power to listen to those who have traditionally been left out of the electoral and governing processes in this country. Tennessee’s elected officials will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands!

Forward together, not one step back! #Tennessee #PoorPeoplesCampaign

Working on the Honr System (sm) – Social Economic Justice via Pervasive (Micro)payment

These are preliminary notes

Powerpoint needs to be done in epiphaneo video format: youtube, vimeo, facebook – others (as many as feasible)
possible TED talk

Daily Work, Daily Pay Same Day Fair Day’s Pay – daily labor daily wages

Honr – Pauline NT principle, OT based – Honor (pay for the value of) Parents, Teachers, Teaching Elders
Add illustrative verses (below)


NO METRICS = SOCIAL IGNORANCE ; BIASED METRICS (necessary data excluded to reinforce status quo structural inequities)

economic injustice is obscured because many metrics which describe tasks performed which are necessary to society are unmeasured and uncompensated due to controlled taxation system [ie allowable deductions, disallowable deduction] of the dominant class

example – why can I declare my currency gift to a nonprofit organization but not my labor (voluteering)? If we actually measured the total societal impact, it would have to be reflected in state and federal budgets (UN, foreign aid, etc. too)

example – prison industrial complex – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Jim_Crow poor “criminal caste”

1% backed governments, banking debt system, war banksters, UK rehypothecation ponzi scheme

Workers compensation is falsely framed as salary and employer-based benefits
(BENEFITs are just reduced salaries)

Should be paid immediately in real-time entirely in digitally liquid currencies (don’t illegally/immorally sacrifice float to banks and employers).

The point is not alternative currencies (necessarily)

Flattr button on not just blog posts and blogs but on online activity logs for every kind of activity
Quora, Wikipedia, Amazon Reviews (ANYTHING which provides value add — whether recognized by society or not)

pay (tip) an employee at a restaurant but not at an employee at Wal-Mart (folks complain they are undercompensated, denied benefits

Relational Tithing

only way a good teacher gets direct payment in THE PUBLIC SYSTEM requires that a book publisher gets a cut or a college, university or for profit school administration gets a cut

“We” say we are for MARKET BASED SOLUTIONS and then deny the customers in the market an avenue to pay for anything the dominant class (Government, current “ruling class” [ in US: corporatism, war banksters ] disallow


Social Movement –

Doctr [ used to pay in chicken, pig or cheese ]
Stay at Home Mothr / Fathr
Family Care Givr

Seers, Vizrs

EVERYONE gets an online task log populated with tasks which can be paid for immediately upon view
[taxation could be included as well where applicable by law]

Distribution Allies
Noam Chomsky. Max Keiser, Robert Reich, (Carbon Credit Al Gore), Al Franken, Pete De Fasio, Elizabeh Warren, Pat Schroeder?

Which Foundations would fund, if any?

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Bimetalism taught us that “the people’s best interest” is served by having multiple competing and complementary currencies

Bimetalism – needed for liquidity – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimetallism

so Flattr and Paypal and Bitcoin and proprietary wallets must be an Honr button/platform which can be an INTERFACE to other underlying platforms

Need to have more than one currency or liquidity is sacrificed
Wlliam Jennings Bryan
will not be crucified by cross of gold
desilverization was a tactic of market rigging

Max Keiser and Antal Fekete segment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn-rTs2zSo4
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There’s a brave new world filled with entertainment, news and tools made by everyone, and not just the big guys. This new world deserves your support.

Pick how much you’d like to spend per month. Then, whenever you see a Flattr button on a website that you like, click it. We count up all of your clicks at the end of each month and distribute your monthly spend between everything you’ve clicked on. Simple, right?

Flattr was founded to help people share money, not only content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate has been to use Paypal or other systems to send money to people. The threshold for this is quite high. People would just ignore sending donations if it wasn’t for a really important cause. Sending just a small sum has always been a pain in the ass. Who would ever even login to a payment system just to donate €0.01? And €10 was just too high for just one blog entry we liked…

Flattr solves this issue. When you’re registered to flattr, you pay a small monthly fee. You set the amount yourself. In the end of the month, that fee is divided between all the things you flattered. You’re always logged in to the account. That means that giving someone some flattr-love is just a button away. And you should! Clicking one more button doesn’t add to your fee. It just divides the fee between more people! Flattr tries to encourage people to share. Not only pieces of content, but also some money to support the people who created them. With love!

Flattr requires an account at flattr.com!

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Standardized, formalized taxonomy (taxation enabled maybe) need for crowd sourced metrics and stats vs. the Department of Labor (biased by not including “traditionally uncompensated labor”)

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New inflation real time inflation index, internet of things

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Theological basis and illustrations

Jesus and Korban Mark 7:11-12

Romans 4:4 If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift

Galatians 6:6. Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share {Κοινωνείτω} all good things with his instructor.

3My defense to those who examine me is this:4Do we not have a right to eat and drink?5Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?6Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?7Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?

8I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?9For it is written in the Law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He?10Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops.11If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?12If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.13Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar?14So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

1st Timothy 5:17
17The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.18For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

CSPAN Myth Day: Shareholder Value and the Global Minotaur

Author Lynn Stout talked about her book, The Shareholder Value Myth, in which she argues that corporations placed too much emphasis on increasing their stock price. She said the focus on shareholder value has prevented corporations from making a full contribution to solving the problems of the world, and described a corporate world where the effort to maximize profits in the short term had degraded the long-term value of many companies. She responded to questions from the audience.

Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis, the author of The Global Minotaur: America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy, spoke about debt and the global economy. He argued against the existence of a debt crisis in the global economy or in individual countries, asserting that the problem instead was a a crisis of too much savings “with no place to go.”

C-SPAN BookTV, Signs of the Times, and Solomon’s Prayer for Sanctification

Joseph Stiglitz argues that rising inequality in the U.S. is bad for our democracy and says that we need to become a more equitable society. Professor Stiglitz responded to questions from members of the audience at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/PriceofI

Joel Rosenberg questions whether the U.S. can recover from its economic and spiritual decline. He also talks about what the Bible has to say about our future. Mr. Rosenberg spoke at Houston’s First Baptist Church in Texas on themes in his book “Implosion”. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/307043-1

2 Chronicles 6 (New International Version)

2 Chronicles 7 (New International Version)

Buy the premise, buy the bit.

The “Syrian Massacre” Main Street Media Cannot Cover [Sex Trade Related Human Trafficking]

1) Nobody’s hands are clean. Whether you have consumed or just turned your head with a moralistic “tisk”, evil continues. Pray for mercy for all of us.

2) If you think there is no rationale to ever increasing higher education debt, you are naive. It sets up a systematic environment for debt-based coercion.

3) Do you know how much profit your cable and satellite tv and hotel/motel companies derive from this portion of their businesses?

Porn Statistics from the Pink Cross:

  • At the 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a gathering of the nation’s divorce lawyers, attendees revealed that 58% of their divorces were a result of a spouse looking at excessive amounts of pornography online.
  • Child pornography is one of the fastest growing businesses online, and the content is becoming much worse. In 2008, Internet Watch Foundation found 1,536 individual child abuse domains.
  • Of 1351 pastors surveyed, 54% had viewed Internet pornography within the last year.
  • There are 4.2 million pornographic websites, 420 million pornographic web pages, and 68 million daily search engine requests.
  • 50% of men and 20% of women in the church regularly view porn.
  • Worldwide pornography revenue in 2006 was $97.06 billion. Of that, approximately $13 billion was in the United States.
  • More than 11 million teens regularly view porn online.
  • The largest group viewing online pornography is ages 12 to 17.
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhea among performers is 10x greater than that of LA County 20-24 year olds.
  • 70% of sexually transmitted infections in the porn industry occur in females according to County of Los Angeles Public Health.

Please also see Human Trafficking, Pornography, and Child Abduction – The Dirty (and Sad) Truth by  Debi Devens

See also the Nefarious Documentary Project

2012/2013 Africa-wide Women in Science Competition Call for Abstracts

With a population of approximately 1.03 billion in 2011, and a growth rate of 24 million per annum, Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050. Africa’s chances of halving poverty and hunger by 2015 remain slim. The continent needs to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner as well as find endogenous solutions to respond to the twin challenges of climate change and volatile food and energy prices. Increasing investments in the agricultural sector and more specifically in science, technology and innovation is seen as a viable option for achieving broad-based agricultural led economic growth, equity and prosperity.

This competition seeks to promote excellence and recognize and reward outstanding women scientists who are undertaking scientific and innovative research, technology and engineering related development activities and communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies and approaches) to improve agricultural performance and socio-economic development in Africa.

LIVE WEBCAST on Mapping of Data in the Horn of Africa. Oct. 11, 12:30 – 2:00 PM Washington DC time

Citizen Engagement, Aid Coordination, and Transparency: An Experience from Mapping of Data in the Horn of Africa

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Washington D.C. time

Live Webcast at: http://streaming7.worldbank.org/vvflash/extlive1

Comments or questions: please use Twitter (#mapdataafrica)

Drought, conflict, and rising food prices have created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa in decades. As areas of famine have grown over the past few months, data about the impact and response are sobering: food prices have increased nearly 200 percent, 750,000 people estimated to be at risk of starvation, and 2.4 billion U.S. dollars are needed to provide relief. There is a great need to understand, disaggregate and communicate this type data to increase citizen engagement and bolster a strong, coordinated international response. Sharing data about the famine’s impact and response can increase citizen engagement, improve coordination among organizations, and increase transparency of those involved in the relief effort.

This seminar, organized by World Bank, will present the recent work of Development Seed in the Horn of Africa. Development Seed is a firm which offers services to government, international development agencies, and the private sector to creatively use data for visualization and mapping in order to help those organizations to explain complex issues and improve their decision-making.

Chair: Johannes Sebastian Kiess, Operations Officer, World Bank Institute

Eric Gunderson, President, Development Seed
Dave Cole, Project Lead, Development Seed

Alexandre Marc, Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank
Joshua Goldstein, Consultant, ICT Sector Unit, World Bank

Dear Fan of AlterNet

If you had the impression that women’s voices are more or less equally represented in media — that the gender byline and TV appearance gap has been fixed — you would be wrong. There is still fundamental male dominance in the public discourse, and that is unacceptable.

When women’s voices are missing, we all are deprived.

We are writing to ask you to help us improve this situation… and, by the way, it won’t be easy.

The OpEd project collects data on female bylines from the op-ed pages of the NY Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, as well as from content of online sites such as HuffPo, Slate and Salon. Oftentimes, the numbers are chilling:

  • 95% male writers for week of April 12th for the Wall Street Journal;
  • 95% male for week of March 15th for the NY Times;
  • 81% male for week of April 26th for HuffPo;
  • 91% male for April 16th for Salon

While these are among the worst weeks, it was an extremely rare week, over the past 3 months, when any of these media operations had more than 30% women’s bylines, and often much less.

There are several reasons for the gender byline gap. One issue is: Anonymous commenting aims hostility toward women. In addition, American Prospect editor Ann Friedman writes: "Men are socialized to be more aggressive and confident, which translates to pitching more articles and getting published more often. Men are more likely to be well connected. Men are more likely to tout their experience."

At AlterNet we’ve featured 1/3 female bylines for more than four years — it’s an editorial requirement. (We’re not aware of any other major media outlet that has a minimum requirement.) But that is still inadequate. We just surveyed our own content over the past month and the number of female bylines is only 35%. So we are not as cool as we thought.

Doing what we normally do every day isn’t enough. So, we’ve decided to dedicate additional resources and make a special effort — raise money for an editor whose primary job it is to assign women content, raise more money to pay for more women writers, and develop a wider system to distribute great female writers to social networking sites and other media.

This endeavor is one of our most ambitious to date.

Recently, a funder agreed with our goals and offered us $15,000 in seed money for this project… but with a hitch. Because one of the points we made was that Facebook was a more positive environment for female writers with no anonymous commenting, our funder wants us to raise matching money directly from our Facebook users. And that’s where you come in.

Will you help us? Go here: https://www.alternet.org/donate/Byline1FB

Any money contributed will go toward assigning and marketing strong journalistic content by women with an emphasis on hard issues of foreign affairs, politics, investigating the Tea Party, etc.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Roxanne Cooper and Adele M. Stan

Associate Publisher and Washington, DC Bureau Chief


P.S. AlterNet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. 100% of your contribution to this effort is tax-deductible. https://www.alternet.org/donate/Byline1FB

Leila Chirayath Janah, founder of Samasource

A scholarship from big tobacco company led Leila to volunteer as a teacher in Ghana. Seeing her students ambition combined with the rise in global literacy and access to technology, Leila presents the concept of microwork as a way to overcome poverty and participate in the global tech economy.

Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, a social business that connects women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income.