Open thread March 10, 2017 Dan Crawford | March 10, 2017 9:10 am Tags: open thread Comments (4) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Steven King twitter something about strawberries from Caine Muiny.
So I figured maybe the press and the disloyal insurgent party are like those mutineers in the Wouk novel.
Lt. Barney Greenwald Jose Ferrar JAG defender) : Well, well, well! The officers of the Caine in happy celebration!
Lt. Steve Maryk: What are you, Barney, kind of tight?
Lt. Barney Greenwald: Sure. I got a guilty conscience. I defended you, Steve, because I found the wrong man was on trial.
[pours himself a glass of wine]
Lt. Barney Greenwald: So, I torpedoed Queeg for you. I *had* to torpedo him. And I feel sick about it.
Lt. Steve Maryk: Okay, Barney, take it easy.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: You know something… When I was studying law, and Mr. Keefer here was writing his stories, and you, Willie, were tearing up the playing fields of dear old Princeton, who was standing guard over this fat, dumb, happy country of ours, eh? Not us. Oh, no, we knew you couldn’t make any money in the service. So who did the dirty work for us? Queeg did! And a lot of other guys. Tough, sharp guys who didn’t crack up like Queeg.
Ensign Willie Keith: But no matter what, Captain Queeg endangered the ship and the lives of the men.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: He didn’t endanger anybody’s life, you did, *all* of you! You’re a fine bunch of officers.
Lt. JG H. Paynter Jr.: You said yourself he cracked.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: I’m glad you brought that up, Mr. Paynter, because that’s a very pretty point. You know, I left out one detail in the court martial. It wouldn’t have helped our case any.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: Tell me, Steve, after the Yellowstain business, Queeg came to you guys for help and you turned him down, didn’t you?
Lt. Steve Maryk: [hesitant] Yes, we did.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: [to Paynter] You didn’t approve of his conduct as an officer. He wasn’t worthy of your loyalty. So you turned on him. You ragged him. You made up songs about him. If you’d given Queeg the loyalty he needed, do you suppose the whole issue would have come up in the typhoon?
Lt. Barney Greenwald: You’re an honest man, Steve, I’m asking you. You think it would’ve been necessary for you to take over?
Lt. Steve Maryk: [hesitant] It probably wouldn’t have been necessary.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: [muttering slightly] Yeah.
Ensign Willie Keith: If that’s true, then we *were* guilty.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: Ah, you’re learning, Willie! You’re learning that you don’t work with a captain because you like the way he parts his hair. You work with him because he’s got the job or you’re no good! Well, the case is over. You’re all safe. It was like shooting fish in a barrel.
[long pause; strides toward Keefer]
Lt. Barney Greenwald: And now we come to the man who *should’ve* stood trial. The Caine’s favorite author. The Shakespeare whose testimony nearly sunk us all. Tell ’em, Keefer!
Lieutenant Tom Keefer: [stiff and overcome with guilt] No, you go ahead. You’re telling it better.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: You ought to read his testimony. He never even heard of Captain Queeg!
Lt. Steve Maryk: Let’s forget it, Barney!
Lt. Barney Greenwald: Queeg was sick, he couldn’t help himself. But you, you’re *real* healthy. Only you didn’t have one tenth the guts that he had.
Lieutenant Tom Keefer: Except I never fooled myself, Mr. Greenwald.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: I’m gonna drink a toast to you, Mr. Keefer.
[pours wine in a glass]
Lt. Barney Greenwald: From the beginning you hated the Navy. And then you thought up this whole idea. And you managed to keep your skirts nice, and starched, and clean, even in the court martial. Steve Maryk will always be remembered as a mutineer. But you, you’ll publish your novel, you’ll make a million bucks, you’ll marry a big movie star, and for the rest of your life you’ll live with your conscience, if you have any. Now here’s to the *real* author of “The Caine Mutiny.” Here’s to you, Mr. Keefer.
[splashes wine in Keefer’s face]
Lt. Barney Greenwald: If you wanna do anything about it, I’ll be outside. I’m a lot drunker than you are, so it’ll be a fair fight.
The White House is not the USSCaine, Trump is not Queeg, and the Obama’s insurgents are not half as smart as the Caine mutineers.
“A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information.
Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a “workplace wellness” program.”
Gop has probably nicknamed this the “Yellow Star Law”.
“Giving employers such power is now … ”
Whopee! One more thing to wake Americans up to the indispensability of labor unions.
Working on this — on putting two “psychological” thoughts together — should probably wait a week until I fully digest it and regurgitate it in better form:
Last week I considered that everybody talks about the Eruo debacle and about the wrongheaded austerity cure — because they were done at a specific moment in time and by deliberate decision. In contrast I lamented that nobody talks about the de-unionization of America because it happened so one small bit at a time over such a long length of time (generations, plural) that nobody noticed the gigantic changeover as a gigantic changeover.
This week while mulling over the usual 45% now forced to live on 10% of overall income — down from 20% — and the 1% living it up on 20% — up from 10% — it occurred to me that this harshest of horrors is usually neglected in favor of the endless repetitions of how most of the workforce is missing out on the growth of overall income.
Not that I ever made the connection myself while listening to usual chants.
But the share existing income is overwhelmingly more important than the share of growth. As with de-unionization, the existing share is just (literally thoughtlessly) taken as the fixed condition of a steady state universe, didn’t happen with a big bang. [gotta say that’s a pretty cool metaphor]
I’m trying to figure out how to juxtapose these two insights (side-by-side) into what should be the biggest pathology in our observable societal universe — the de-unionization of America.
Hopefully, anyone who reads this little think piece will never again be able to think about income inequality without automatically thinking that to unionize or not to unionize the end-all/be-all-question.
This book looks short enough to share with your climate-denialist friends, and pitched to their education level as well.