We have been sheltered in place since a week ago Thursday. We show no signs of infection and feel lucky. We have family and friends all over the world and we worry for them. And we worry for those we don’t know. This from Jewish Currents: March 20, 2020 Posted byAlex Kane The worldwide outbreak of […]Read More No test kits in Gaza
From Bob Lyons. Bob is a retired teacher and a former Illinois Teacher Retirement System annuitant representative to the board of trustees. While the fiscal year for the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System starts on July 1 and ends June 30, the system also reports its investment progress at the end of the calendar year. There […]Read More Bob Lyons. Pension report.
I fast forward through White House press conferences to the part where Dr. Fauci is talking. Everything else is crap. Walking Ulysses is the best part of my day. Automatically extend or renew visas or immigration benefits that are set to renew before the end of 2020, including DACA. I call old friends I haven’t […]Read More Christmas lights in the window.
Protect Everyone Now SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT Introduction The coronavirus has now affected every state in the country, and the number of confirmed cases is still growing. If we’re going to save lives and also stave off economic disaster, we all need to do our part to protect everyone, including people currently incarcerated in our jails, […]Read More Protect everyone now.
On most Friday mornings I would be at the Lumpen Radio studio at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in the always sunny neighborhood of Bridgeport in Chicago. We’ve been at it for three years. My brother and I are working on putting together a show keeping distance with Zoom or some platform and our great station manager […]Read More Friday and no show. Here’s what I’m looking at.
On the one hand, teachers are being praised for taking on the extra job of rethinking their instruction and gearing it to the current conditions which demands that students be kept home. Social media is filled with comments by suddenly home-schooling parents who humorously but with a serious subtext of appreciation for what teachers do […]Read More In Kentucky, the virus is covering for teacher salary and pension cuts.
I had some serious concerns going into Illinois’ election day yesterday. And COVID19 was only one of them. Pre-election polls had Biden up by twenty points state-wide and aside from my disappointment in those numbers, I worried how this might impact some other races that were very important for the movement of progressive electoral […]Read More Election day while sheltering in place. Bernie, Kim, Newman and Eddie Burke
The Chicago and Illinois pension liability is staggering and the Covid-19 driven instability that has caused the markets to crash has only served to make it worse. While no current state retiree has seen their monthly pension check impacted, nor will they, the system will be the subject of a major hit on investment returns. […]Read More The Covid-19 market crash demands a restructuring of the pension debt.
In the UK Boris Johnson is considering putting anyone over 70 in war-time style quarantine, whatever that means. But I digress. Yesterday, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia announced that Joe Biden had received the endorsement of the nation’s largest union. No membership input was asked for or received. Did you know that the NEA has […]Read More In other news, NEA endorses Biden. They couldn’t even wait for the results in Illinois.
Brother Mike chose Warren Zevon for the half time break on this week’s live broadcast of Hitting Left. We can’t include the music on our podcast (we’re both retired and can’t afford to pay for the music rights). The sky was on fire When I walked to the mill To take up the slack in […]Read More Social distancing yet staying connected. Hitting Left with State Senator Robert Peters.