How Can We Make the Manufacturing Sector "Cool?"

How Can We Make the Manufacturing Sector "Cool?"
Serious questions surround the manufacturing sector of the American economy right now, and the need to  confront these issues is an objective that cuts across the entire political spectrum. While America may be united in the goal of trying to resolve the issues plaguing manufacturing, the different political factions of this nation couldn't disagree more about what should be done. There are no easy answers of course, and every potential solution is complicated, but the inaugural Financial Times Future of Manufacturing Summit USA, held yesterday right here in Chicago, articulated what sort of direction big business should take. It was held at the Hilton Towers on South Michigan Ave, and it featured an impressive list of guest speakers and high powered corporate types. The summit's theme "thriving in complexity" says it all, as it was the kind of session that required the attendee to have a MBA and or be fluent in shop talk...

May Day Brings Heightened Awareness of Haymarket Memorial

May Day Brings Heightened Awareness of Haymarket Memorial

Today is May Day, or International Workers Day, and with that we remember the Haymarket Affair on the evening of May 4 1886. May 1 is the date on the calendar that honors and remembers labor, so thus the Haymarket martyrs, who died in the cause of eventually giving us an eight hour workday, are top of mind.

"The day will come when our silence is more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.”...

Negative Effects of Social Media Hit GenX Harder, Says Study

Negative Effects of Social Media Hit GenX Harder, Says Study

As someone who was born in the DMZ between Millennials (1981-1996 birth dates) and Generation X (roughly early 1960s to late 1970s), I find myself not really belonging to either classification, but instead half-in/half-out with both groups.

As a really old millennial (kind of)/very young Gen Xer (sort of), I find the current lifestyle sea change in our society, i.e. the shift from IRL (in real life) to online, rather disturbing.

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For Sean Hannity, the Beginning of the End

For Sean Hannity, the Beginning of the End
One of the greatest Sean Hannity jokes ever, credited to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, took on a whole new level of meaning last night. Hannity is infamous for the flow charts and graphs he often utilizes on his program to convey his crackpot “Deep State” theories. Oliver described this practice as resembling “an ex-football player trying to sell you time shares.” It appears the writing staff of Last Week Tonight nailed it a few months ago, because Sean Hannity is literally a real estate swindler. Take it away The Guardian:...

Facebook Only a Mere Symptom of Smartphone, Social Media Disease

Facebook Only a Mere Symptom of Smartphone, Social Media Disease
There is absolutely no way that human beings should exist in a state such as the one created by the smartphone. We walk around every day with a small instrument in our pocket that contains a virtual world which is totalitarian to us, but completely irrelevant to everybody else. If we're frequently logging on to social media, then we're obsessed with obtaining "likes" a currency which is actually valueless in the real world, but seems pure gold whenever we're on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. Social media deteriorates our social skills because now we are all our avatars, and actual human beings too, but the difference between the two is vast...

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Have No Hope of Image Rehabilitation

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Have No Hope of Image Rehabilitation
Today saw Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg begin a week in Washington, D.C. that will see him under intense scrutiny. No matter how this ends, both his company and his individual brand are damaged to the point that is well beyond repair. Facebook has been declared "over" many times previously, but this time the stakes are a whole lot higher than just something once very trendy being mainstreamed and then co-opted by bored housewives stalking their children...
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Scott Pruitt is a Total Disaster; His Exit Could Revitalize Green Movement

“Well, it’s not like it could save the Earth or anything…” …Actually, it might. Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will most likely become the next member of Trump’s cabinet to lose his job. It’s a cabinet in chaos, embroiled in scandal, with Pruitt’s performance just as chaotic and scandalous any any Trump appointee. There are multiple reports indicating that Scott Pruitt and his allies are rallying to try and save his job because they all know that his time is running out. The only EPA Administrator who could honestly be worse than Pruitt was Russ Cargill, The Simpsons movie villain, and he’s not even real...

Sinclair Broadcasting Video Spotlights Media's Worst Issue: Both Sidesism

Sinclair Broadcasting Video Spotlights Media's Worst Issue: Both Sidesism
You may have missed the Pravda like message of propaganda Sinclair Broadcasting disseminated through its television stations this past weekend. After all, it was a holiday, and the message itself, at first glance, sounds harmless enough. That's because the words of the message are in line with the core tenets of journalism- fairness, balance and objectivity. Unfortunately, these ideals have been completely corrupted in the real world and only exist in an idealized fantasy. The biggest issue plaguing the media these days, and it has existed for awhile, is "both sidesism." When you have news outlets like CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC etc. all adhering to a belief that you must present "both sides," on every "issue," disaster and chaos ensues. Facts are facts; there is absolutely point in having "an analyst" or "pundit" on television to dispute basic facts...

SNL Exhibit at Broadcast Museum Conveys Program's Counter-Culture Tradition

SNL Exhibit at Broadcast Museum Conveys Program's Counter-Culture Tradition

Very few institutions in American life have realized the Facebookian style counter-culture to mainstream culture journey that Saturday Night Live has realized. Unlike Facebook however, SNL continues pushing the envelope and testing boundaries these days.

A current exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State), “SNL: The Experience,” edifies the visitor on the roots and history of the 43-year-old television program. The first show aired on 10-11-75, and it quickly established the franchise’s counter-culture vibe, executed on stage by the “not ready for prime time” players.

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Dana Loesch: NRA Spokesmodel's Resume Screams Hypocrisy and Fraud

Dana Loesch: NRA Spokesmodel's Resume Screams Hypocrisy and Fraud

If Dana Loesch, the public face of National Rifle Association ANGER and RAGE, comes off as more than a bit histrionic, it’s probably because she once was an aspiring actress. Today, Loesch has created a nice niche for herself as the dream woman of extreme gun fetishists everywhere.

However, she’s really isn't more than just the latest edition in a long line of media personalities embodying a tried and true far right motif: Take repugnant and deplorable ideas, but deliver them in a physically attractive package, thus tricking the general viewer into believing such world views are more presentable.

It also fools the idiot viewer into genuinely believing the repulsive stances which are conveyed. See Tomi Lahren, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingrahan, Sarah Palin etc.

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