Went to Fords Theater to see a production of this old war horse or classic musical by Jerry Herman. It came out in the 1960s and ran for six years, the longest running musical of its day.
Set in the 1890s, it hints at the Gilded Age and its disproportionate sharing of the wealth. The barber of the mean, wealthy man Hoarce Vandergelder, tells him, “You’ll have to sit still, Mr Vandergelder. If I cut your throat it’ll be practically unintentional.” As a musical the piece does not going into any detail about the country’s problems.
but as I watched this period piece, I heard one line that resonated with me today and would mean something to the Occupy Movement, among the other 99%. Dolly says, “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.”
My book received a nice write up in Washington Post columnist John Kelly’s piece this morning.
Love the photograph he found in the newspaper’s collection of the Washington Tapers of the American Basketball League.
Parade Magazine every once in awhile shows all the readers of its Sunday magazine how much a variety of Americans earn in the US. You can deduce from that information, which Americans have the best chance of having the wealth in the country: owning stocks and bonds, real estate, etc.
But, surprise, most people in the U.S. don’t know how much wealth others have. This chart is from a paper called “Building a Better America One Wealth Quintile at a Time” by Dan Ariely and Michael I. Norton. The first line shows the actual distribution of wealth in the US. The tops 20% hold over 85% of the land, assets, etc. Yet, folks perceptions are way off. Find your estimated income and then look at the chart to see how close your income group comes to knowing how the money is spread in the US.
Best of all, look at how the various income groups and voters think that the income ought to be distributed in the US. It is so different from the way it is, that the disconnect is not funny but pathetic.
Remember the slogan from the movie Jerry McGuire: Cuba Gooding’s character, a wide receiver on a championship football team, had played well so he expected to get his just due of a fair salary. Don’t we all deserve that after doing good work?
Well, this has not been the case in the United States since the 1970s. The top 1% of the country’s grabbed the lion’s share of the wealth over the 1979-2007 period. What did that mean to the rest of us? Middle-income households lost $13,042 in 2007 alone. Families in the bottom fifth lost $6,010.
Things have only gotten worse since the recession with the top 1% grabbing 125% of all growth in the last few years, leaving the rest of us with scraps that amount to much less than before.
Here’s a chart showing where the wealth is in the U.S.
Have the last few years since the Recession in 2007-2009 gotten better for you? Hear all the television news reports crowing about the growth in jobs, and unemployment dropping below 8%?
Well, here’s news, 99% of Americans lost 0.4 percent of their income since the Recovery. The top 1% have gained over 11% in their income over the same period.
Here is a sample of the famed Wonderlic test that all people trying to become an NFL quarterback have to take.
What if they had tests for other sports? What would the one for basketball cover and would point guards be the ones who would have to take it?
The answer key is provided at the bottom.
1. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one…
- Not certain
The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats. The boy wears a hat.
2. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost?
3. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?
|Nieman, K.M.||Neiman, K.M.|
|Thomas, G.K.||Thomas, C.K.|
|Hoff, J.P.||Hoff, J.P.|
|Pino, L.R.||Pina, L.R.|
|Warner, T.S.||Wanner, T.S.|
4. PRESERVE RESERVE—Do these words…
- Have similar meanings
- Have contradictory meanings
- Mean neither the same nor opposite
5. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this speed, how far will it travel in three seconds?
6. When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for 60 cents?
7. The ninth month of the year is…
8. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?
9. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?
10. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide profits equally. X invests $9,000, Y invests $7,000 and Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?
11. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one…
- Not certain
Tom greeted Beth. Beth greeted Dawn. Tom did not greet Dawn.
12. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?
13. Look at the row of numbers below. Which number should come next?
14. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in…
15. One of the numbered figures in the following drawing is most different from the others. What is the number in that figure?
2. 84 cents
5. 300 feet
6. Six feet
7. 4, September
11. Not certain
12. 40 years old
14. 2, March
Washington Bullet Bernard King is nominated to go into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The New York Daily News covered the story. Of course they wrote about King as a former Knick great.
The Washington Post did not run its own story. Instead, it ran the Associated Press story on the Hall of Fame. Funny, because King was a free agent who came to Dc and was a great player. See The Bullets, The Wizards and Washington, DC Basketball.
Rocky Anderson ran for President in 2012. Didn’t hear of him. Think he’s a loony or nut job? No, he’s one of the most progressive political figures out there in the US today.
Drones: creating more enemies for the US than they are killing.
Wall Street: How come no bankers have been brought to trial.
Raising the minimum wage: How about putting $30 billion more dollars in the hands of the country’s vast majority of working people. Do that and you’re consumer economy will grow and create some new jobs.
Here he is on one of my favorite tv shows, The Young Turks
The story of a former National Football League offensive lineman assaulting his boyfriend caught my eye. As a huge sports fan and gay man, it is always interesting when someone who played at the highest level turns out to be gay. Even after retiring, most former players do not make their sexuality public, even if they self-identify as gay.
As a historian of sexuality I know that criminal proceedings are one of the significant tools that help us find homosexuals and lesbians in the past. Either people were put on trial for their sexual choices, caught in a sting operation, or because they had a fight with their lover, the veil is lifted from who they love or have loved in the past.
It’s terrible that the two men got into a fight and that assault occurred. But it is an interesting window into professional sports and into gay relations.