Sunday, July 15, 2018

Unions Need to Evolve to Survive

The last several weeks have seen a sea change for unions in the United States. After decades of protection from labor-friendly administrations and judges, the tide has turned and is no longer in their favor.

And while many in the labor movement may see nothing but one defeat after another, there is a real opportunity for a fresh start and a return to labor’s roots, while also forgoing the recent history that labor has had in using coercive means to bolster fundraising and membership.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Does the Star Wars Franchise Already Need a Reboot?

There's been a rumor floating around for weeks now that Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas's hand-picked successor for head of Lucasfilm, is out at Disney. Whether she is stepping down or is being removed is all part of the scuttlebutt, but the speculation is rampant.

Image result for kathleen kennedy soloWhile some are saying "they wouldn't fire her just because of Solo!", those people ignore the bigger picture. Whereas Kevin Feige's Marvel Universe has had a nearly perfect score (taking the first two middling Thor films aside), the Star Wars films have only had one slam dunk with both critics and audiences, and that was The Force Awakens. The other three have all faced some sort of blowback.

Anyone will tell you that fundamentals are what drive consistent performance, and with this franchise, they are just not there.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Can Rubio Right His Own Wrong?

Joining the chorus of politicians who have recognized that one can’t repay their debts if they cannot work, Sen. Marco Rubio (R – FL) is reaching across the aisle to correct a mistake from earlier in his career.
Rubio is working with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D- MA) to protect citizens from the potential suspension or revocation of the professional or driver’s license due to missed student loan payments, an approach that many critics see at face value to be counter-productive.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Last Jedi: A Fractured Fable

**There are nothing but spoilers in this review.**

Definitely the most badass poster since ROTJ
In the closing moments of The Last Jedi, there is a wistful moment where the entire franchise’s lynchpin character gazes out over the horizon in the fading sunlight and remembers where he started from. You can sense how much the turmoil over his life has consumed him, and how he has finally found peace. It is a deep and meaningful moment in a movie that can’t decide if ‘deep and meaningful’  is what it wants to be. Does the new trilogy want to commit itself to forging out in new directions that the first trilogy blazed for films to come? Or does it seek to replicate the action-film paint-by-numbers cacophony of last year’s Rogue One in all its superficiality and inauthenticity?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Amazon takes cronyism on a nationwide tour

We are already a month into the process, so nearly everyone alive is aware that the world’s largest online retailer, has decided to expand their administrative operations beyond Seattle, to another metropolitan area.

Green = states where government is too big.
In a stroke of public relations genius, and setting the stage for a battle that would put Thunderdome to shame, cities across the country are very publicly competing for the prospect of being home to HQ2, and laying out the reddest of carpets. The advertised potential benefit to the welcoming city would be huge: $5 billion in investment, and 50,000 jobs, which would likely average in the low six figures.