Robert Reich, Clintons Secretary of labor, and one who I admire greatly, suggested that governments become agents of their own citizens in bargaining with global capital. Secretary Reich wrote
“[This] should hardly raise an eyebrow. But the capitalist tools at FORBES and elsewhere, must be worried that average citizens may be starting to see what’s really going on , and might therefore take such a suggestion seriously.”
Maybe they ought to call themselves capitalist fingers.
In this Huffington Post commentary, Reich tells us how, in his words, Tim Worstall, a contributor at FORBES, in a piece called “Extremely strange views on Apples Tax Bill” , “took him to task”, for suggesting that governments should represent and negotiate new tax deals with these giant companies so they pay their fair share of our governments budget.
Sec. Reich asks, why is FORBES so intensely eager to defend the Apples position? Lower taxes to what end? Why should Apple not pay a 25% marginal tax rate ? What makes all the Fortune 500 so special that they have to have special favors?
And Reich makes the point that a sophisticated magazine like Forbes ought to be talking about the whole picture. No. They take only the position that the investors know best. Employees and customers and other taxpayers be damned!!!!
A new gilded age includes a class of “global corporatists”. According to Forbes’ Tim Worstall, “have no obligations to solve Americas problems… Their singular goal is to maximize [sic] returns to their investors.” Yes, that return, and if they can leverage their money to manipulate things even more, so be it. That’s what they are doing with the tax system.
Forbes defends lower and lower taxes without end. We should see this for what it is. .
(Wendy says its parasitism, the host doesn’t know about Apple Computer, yet.)
Christiana Figueres, UN Climate Chief, Turns To CEOs For Low-Carbon Plans
“What is always astonishing to me is how the U.S. citizen is willing to diminish the possibility that the United States has to be a leader in the technologies of the future,” Figueres said. “And it also has implications for the world. Because this world would profit from the technical and intellectual capacity that is in the United States.”
I cannot believe the brains at Google were even daunted, but its worse than that. Did Google really say “its too hard”? The Information technology experts at Google quietly gave up on a Intelligent building metering project.
I bet it was the physics that stopped them. They must have treated this as an IT or database problem. So, when they came to incorporating actual building performance, they must have been overwhelmed. Its complicated.
Thank you James Ferguson for noticing and reporting this.
But did they bother to tell anyone or even reach out to the mechanical engineers?
Hell, they didnt even tell anyone they were giving it up. if they were interested in the physics they might have brought in some building automation experts. Or maybe cross-discipline folks were too hard to find?
Mankind, the earth and Building Automation Systems.
“Between the detail and the whole, thats where the work lies. HVAC and lighting are detail. Clean, safe, comfortable, functioning and beautiful environment [man-made and natural] are the whole.
Building automation systems (BAS) is in the middle. Check these predictions for BAS over the next 3 years.
I will be presenting at a Half Moon seminar on Energy Efficient Building Envelope Design in two sessions on January 18, 2013. One session will be about Building Design and Energy and the other is about green designation, tax incentives, and verifying building performance.
This year started out on a smooth glide turned into a rough spring and summer. Extended family hassles in the winter and spring, moving from a farm to a house in town, my fathers falling down and death… this has worn us down some. Its been a real change for us and our dogs and horses, for sure. Yes we do , indeed, need a vacation, but thats a way off yet, after we get everything re-established.
I want to thank my friends and family who supported us in this, either in person or in spirit. We finally have some time to relax again on weekends.