• Radio Interviews: Rick Smith, Peter B. Collins and Ian Masters

    May 9, 2014

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    Posted in: #99Percent, Economy, Minimum Wage

    Enjoyed a couple of good radio interviews recently about my book, Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent. Here they are (click on the BOLD headlines to hear the interview!) This is just like me in person, only with a volume control.

    The Rick Smith Show

    My portion starts at 14:30.

    We talk how “jobs created” is a poor statistical way to gauge how things are going, as many/most of those jobs are minimum wage and do not pay enough for a person to actually live on his/her wages. The worker is left with a devil’s choice between hunger and food stamps. But the numbers look good on da’ TV.

    It is actually worse. The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April 2014. Good news! But 377,000 people filed for initial unemployment benefits in the week ended January 21, up 21,000 from 356,000 claims the week before. Rick Smith and I sort it out.

    The Peter B. Collins Show

    My portion starts about one minute in.

    Peter B. and I cover the new book in detail, as well as the factual background of economics behind the (semi-) fictional story of Ghosts.

    For example, in 2012, 46.2 million people in the United States lived in poverty. The nation’s official poverty rate is 15.0%. By the way, according to the U.S. government, if you as a single person earn more than $11,344 you are officially not impoverished. The bar seems pretty low– the average one-bedroom apartment rent in Tulsa, Oklahoma is about $7500 a year, leaving you as a non-poverty person with a sweet, sweet $3800 to eat, pay utilities, car, clothes, etc. Most places in America have higher costs of living than Tulsa.

    Ian Masters Show

    The interview is primarily on the failures of U.S. diplomacy over the Ukraine.

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    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Perhaps this could be a future topic, as reported in the NY Times:


      The article notes the policy is now broader, designed to prevent unauthorized disclosures.

      Would Abu Ghraib have been discovered if this had been officially in place? ‘Officially’ is emphasized here, because ‘unofficial’ policies are a bane in our system which other ex and current government employees may already be aware of

      05/9/14 2:28 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Kevin over at Fire Dog Lake just interviewed me on this for a piece he is writing, and I hope to write something myself. As you point out, this is a very significant event. Poof! Your First Amendment rights just went away.

      05/9/14 2:38 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Thank you, Peter. I have called my representatives and expressed concerns that, on one hand, the government has this policy to encourage employees to report fraud and abuse — then jails them for doing so. We also have an effort to provide drug felons with early release from prison, while whistleblowers are being arrest and sentenced to prison for years and are not being early-paroled

      05/9/14 3:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      I am looking forward to reading your article on this further 1st Amendment erosion and entrenching of protected status for wrong-doers and the ethically-challenged

      05/9/14 3:14 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Peter wrote, “Poof! Your First Amendment rights just went away.”

      Yes they have, because that’s what happens whenever – (which means almost always, throughout almost all history) – that’s what happens whenever (AS USUAL!) Humans disbelieve in any transcendent Truth unconditioned by temporal power.

      Which goes back to one of my prior comments about Thomas Jefferson’s famous and excellent words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”

      …and although those truths that Thomas Jefferson believed in, are NOT “self-evident”, nonetheless they ARE TRUE! Which is why Jefferson was an excellent man after all! Even though his premises were weak, because his faith was in “Reason”, which is a false god after all. The problem isn’t that Reason isn’t perfect – it IS perfect, as far as it goes – rather, the problem is Man’s nature, which is constantly and willfully unreasonable.

      So, YEAH! POOF! There go ALL of your rights!…

      …because none of our Human rights are founded upon Reason, they’re founded upon what we choose to believe in as our first premises about the Nature of Man. Throw those premises away and THEN, POOF! (Then you become a perfect candidate to be a Federal Judge! HAHA!)

      05/9/14 4:35 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      PS, in light of my above comment, I submit that THIS five minute video depicting the historical Triumph of Julius Caesar over Vercingetorix, the 1st century BC equivalent of Osama Bin Laden…

      …THIS is THE DEFAULT state of all Mankind! According to all available data, “Reason” says the strong do what they will, and the weak suffer what they must. “Reason” says might is right, and there is no historical data to the contrary, except for the one bit of data which I won’t mention, but you can guess what it is.

      Almost all of our available data asserts the premise that might makes right. As here:


      05/9/14 4:56 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      And then there’s THIS…

      …about a Jew:


      05/9/14 6:43 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...



      I presume your contradicting “bit of data” regard the inheritance of the poor ref. another book written by men?

      Per, “that’s what happens whenever (AS USUAL!) Humans disbelieve in any transcendent Truth unconditioned by temporal power”, I’m not sure how you divine what’s “truth”, and why you use the qualifier, “transcendent”; are there “demi-truths”?

      What is this “temporal power” you refer to that corrupts men’s apprehension of truth? All that we receive come by way of intermediaries, i.e., those who relate the “truths” to us. They usually have an agenda.

      If you go biblically, even J.C. copped temporal power: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Of course, if you dismiss the person of Jesus as merely a conduit, then yes, this statements demand the apperception of some discrete truth.

      Wow, Peter — ya didn’t think going on air would bring out such metaphysics, didja?

      05/10/14 12:46 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Bah! We don nee no stinkin metaphysics..

      Now, where was I…oh, yeah…
      quote:”Indeed, Mississippi has both the highest poverty rate, and the highest infant mortality rate, in the United States.”unquote

      And the most inbred, stupid, sadistic, mean, cruel, psychopathic cops, prosecutors, judges, and politicians on the planet. And they stink too.

      05/10/14 4:54 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      OMG. What a dunce. Somehow..I posted a comment under the WRONG blog post.

      note to self.

      Go to wall, bang head three times. Then look up the word metaphysics in a DICTIONARY instead of Monte Python.

      05/10/14 5:10 PM | Comment Link

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