Caterpillar, after record profits, squeezes its union
for a six-year wage and pension freeze and increased insurance contributions - not because it has to, but because it can. As the machinists' union enters its fourth month on strike, the company says it's getting along just fine with temps and union workers who have crossed the picket line. Private-sector union membership is now at an all-time low of 6.9%
. Even as calls to remedy America's income inequality
grow from Occupy and other movements, nobody in power is helping. The Democratic Party's ship has long since
posted by moammargaret
on Jul 23, 2012 -
American cities going dark.
Detroit is the poster child, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are already broken, but under a new plan half the city is going permanently dark in an effort to get citizens to move. “You have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your population,” said Chris Brown, Detroit’s chief operating officer. “We’re not going to light distressed areas". Other U.S. cities have gone partially dark to save money, among them Colorado Springs; Santa Rosa, California; and Rockford, Illinois. Bonus: 360-degree photo tour of abandoned rail station in Detroit.
posted by stbalbach
on May 25, 2012 -
On December 19th, Ford closed the doors of their St Paul
auto plant, ending 800 jobs and 86 years of history. The plant was closed as part of Ford's move to end the Ford Ranger in North America, a truck that will still be available overseas
. Born of the 80s gas crisis, the Ranger has been Ford's compact truck for almost forty years
Ford blames demand for large trucks and the shrinking gap in price between the compact and full-sized truck markets, spurring concern
about the future of the compact truck market in North America.
posted by Stagger Lee
on Dec 23, 2011 -
Blogging the Hugos: Decline
, part 2
, part 3
), is a series of blog posts covering some dystopian trends in recent Hugo nominees and itself winner
of the of the BSFA award for non fiction. Meanwhile the 2011 Hugo finalists have been announced
, with Mefi favorites featuring strongly: In Best Novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects
by Ted Chiang (previously
), In Best Short Story The Things
by Peter Watts (previously
). Doctor who features heavily under Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (too many posts to mention
), but has strong competition from Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury
posted by Artw
on Apr 24, 2011 -
The American Century, proclaimed so triumphantly at the start of World War II, will be tattered and fading by 2025, its eighth decade, and could be history by 2030.
posted by Joe Beese
on Dec 8, 2010 -
Spending years clarifying my observations of the community and putting them down on paper slowly revealed a society beset by a fatal condition; an affliction that has been destroying us at an ever increasing rate for two centuries and must eventually return us to barbarism. A final result that should be no surprise, as it has overtaken every other civilization; a fate that appears as inevitable and as irreversible as old age with its increasing feebleness and dementia. I was no longer interested in why our bureaucracy was full of incompetents? but why our society was full of incompetents? My original aim to improve my community with technology was replaced with answering the question, why does a community age like any other creature?
knows: civilization is in decline. And he's determined to tell you about it.
Find out the truth about Nelson Mandela
, standard weights and measures
, and, of course, the Ten Commandments
. We're screwed
, guys. Sit down, read a book
, and watch it burn
posted by nasreddin
on Aug 22, 2007 -
THE EVOLUTION OF GLOBAL POLITICS
. University of Washington Professor George Modelski is credited with developing the concept of world leadership. There have been five world leaders: Portugal, the Netherlands, Great Britain I, Great Britain II, and currently the USA. Some scholars in political science and history are pointing towards U.S. decline and a takeover by a United States of Europe...
posted by j-urb
on Dec 12, 2005 -
Is this the last days of the Empire, or just the beginning?
America the most powerful country since Roman Empire.
I for sure hope that the good old US of A don´t meet the same destiny as the Roman Empire...But!?
Has there been any country (empire) that survived being the biggest and best(?). Usually i read a lot about Swedens time of glory some couple of hundred years ago, now hoping that my grandchildren won´t read the same about the States.
Should we be worried about what the history tells us?
posted by Ulwen
on Feb 10, 2002 -