Trump adviser calls American workers ‘human capital stock’

RT 26 May, 2020 01:15 / Updated 7 hours ago
‘Is that like Soylent Green?’ Trump adviser calls American workers ‘human capital stock’ & triggers cannibalism-themed meme storm

A White House adviser has triggered a wave of memes and mockery after referring to the US labor force as “human capital stock,” drawing countless comparisons to the dystopian sci-fi flick 'Soylent Green' (spoiler: it’s people).

In calling to reopen the US economy amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in an interview with CNN on Monday, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett noted that the country’s “capital stock” was still intact, adding that “our human capital stock is ready to get back to work.” Though the comment was meant to express a simple idea, Hassett’s jargonistic wording conjured up much darker imagery for many netizens, who immediately saw parallels to 'Soylent Green' – the 1973 thriller in which human beings are ground up into food to nourish an overpopulated planet.

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Human capital stock - but do they provide dividends? Or do we just make Soylent Green? Investors want to know. https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1264996588834996226

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White House adviser Kevin Hassett: "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work." #HumanCapitalStock

“Wtf is ‘human capital stock?’” one netizen asked. “Is it akin to Soylent Green?”

Another commenter quipped that “human capital stock” would “make up for meat shortages” by the summer, possibly referring to the fact that a series of large food processing plants remain closed due to outbreaks and coronavirus containment policies, which remain in force across a number of states.

Some critics took up more serious responses to Hassett’s remark, arguing that his choice of words was demeaning to workers.

“Who refers to working Americans as ‘human capital stock?’” he asked. “Workers are not livestock, they shouldn’t be treated like the ingredients for soylent green. All workers should be treated as essential and not disposable. Provide them with testing, PPE and respect.”

A few skeptics also emerged, however, pointing out that the phrase might be more common than the detractors realize and questioning their outrage – joking that the “Soylent Green mills” won’t come online until 2022 anyway (the year the movie is set).

Cannibalism jokes aside, with some 40 million Americans out of work amid statewide shutdowns to stem the spread of the coronavirus, food shortages are becoming a reality. A recent study at the Brookings Institution found that childhood food insecurity in the US had skyrocketed to unprecedented levels in April, as greater numbers of families stuck under lockdowns struggle to put adequate food on the table. While a man-made meal replacement is unlikely to debut anytime soon, the real-life scarcities appear set to grind on barring an end to the containment policies.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:05| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

東京オリンピックはもうない 新コロナはそれまでには収まらない


Why wait? The 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled immediately. It has no place in a post-pandemic world
The globe’s greatest sporting event has become a bloated colossus of wasted money. Instead of trying to hold a Covid-compromised games next year, the IOC should pull the plug and focus on changing it for the better in future.

Montreal 1976 was an iconic Olympics. Gymnast Nadia Comaneci achieved the first perfect 10. It was so groundbreaking, the three-digit scoreboard displayed it as 1.00.

Bruce Jenner scooped gold in the decathlon, as did Sugar Ray Leonard in the boxing ring. But it was iconic for another reason: being 720 percent over budget. The city took 30 years to pay off the debt for the stadium (nicknamed The Big Owe) alone and shoveled in US$17 million annually to maintain it.

The then-mayor Jean Drapeau had forecast: “The Montreal Olympics can no more have a deficit than a man can have a baby.”

Every games since – apart from Los Angeles in 1984 – has been a financial basket case. Barcelona in 1992 had a 266 percent overrun, and Lake Placid’s 1980 winter games hit 324 percent. The spending on the spectacle that was Athens 2004 was a contributing factor in why Greece went bankrupt.
Lack of hosts

As analysis has become more detailed, politicians and city officials have rightly been apprehensive about bidding to host the Olympics. Instead of the usual selection of candidates and presentations to consider, now the International Olympic Committee (IOC) takes whoever it can get.

Five cities went for 2024, but three quickly pulled out. Left with two options and no bidders for the next cycle, the IOC agreed on Paris and offered the other bidder, Los Angeles, 2028.

London 2012 was lauded as being a joyous occasion, as Usain Bolt confirmed he was still the fastest man on the planet. But the stadium is a prime example of the ‘white elephant’ legacy that’s left behind.

English Premier League team West Ham United became tenants, but their annual rent didn’t cover the cost for the owners to stage their matches. West Ham’s initial offer to pay £300,000 to change the colour of the running track was turned down for commercial reasons.

Speaking in 2018, London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive Lyn Garner admitted: “The usage fee is extremely low. We could take the £300,000. It’s a drop in the ocean for the size of the losses we’re dealing with and will be dealing with for the next 97 years of this contract.” A renegotiation was done, but the point is clear.
Doubts over 2021

So questions have to be raised about Tokyo 2020. It’s already been moved back by 12 months, but whether it will go ahead is still far from certain. IOC President Thomas Bach has confirmed if it doesn’t happen then, it will be canceled. He said: “You cannot forever employ 3,000 to 5,000 people in an organising committee. You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty.”

But they are. We’re no nearer a Covid-19 vaccine. Scientists say that even those who’ve had the virus and have antibodies may not have immunity after a short period of time.

The global death toll is 345,000, but it’s yet to really take hold in some parts of the world, and experts warn of a second spike.

It’s likely spectators in Tokyo will either be banned or, at the very least, their numbers will be reduced to maintain social distancing. Massive corporations are haemorrhaging money and shedding thousands of jobs. Once governments end the safety net of supporting incomes, there will be millions facing financial difficulties.

So, surely now is not the time to scatter billions on keeping an Olympics on ice. Let’s pull the plug now. We already know the vast spending on the games is virtually guaranteed to make a loss, so this extra expenditure just digs the hole deeper.
Athletes in limbo

There are also the athletes to consider. Not so much the highly paid stars, feted by the likes of Nike and Adidas. But those athletes who have day jobs and fit in sport around them. It would be the pinnacle of their lives to represent their country in the glow of the Olympic flame.

Is it fair to keep them hanging on? They’re investing in training regimes and maintaining their fitness to peak on the day of their event, when there’s a very real chance that the games simply won’t happen. So let’s give them the respect they deserve.

We should rip up the notion of Toyko 2020 being the tonic the world needs, something for us all to look forward to, cheering on our countrymen and women as they battle for gold. That’s an idealist narrative. The pandemic has wreaked so much destruction, both on human life and financially, and witnessing an epic 100 meters isn’t going to change that a jot.

Moving forward, the IOC could use the cancelation of the Tokyo games as an opportunity to bring the Olympics back to what it should be. For a start, it should redraw the model and cast off the need to rack up a mountain of debt for two weeks of glory.

It would be worth embracing the appetite for all things green, too, by making the games far better on the environment, instead of building massive structures that end up lying desolate, like a number of the Rio facilities used in 2016.

Post-coronavirus, some of the corporate sponsors won’t have the same level of funding, either. So, why not cast them off? They’re more interested in selling their products than sport anyway.

Let’s get back to what the Olympics should be all about: honest, fair and competitive sport, where everyone is chasing the dream of a medal hanging around their neck, as their national anthem is playing. Nothing else.

It all starts with Tokyo 2020. Lance the boil and shut it down.

No more delays: Postponed Tokyo Olympics to be CANCELLED if coronavirus not under control by 2021, organizing committee head says
If the global coronavirus crisis isn’t brought under control by next year, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – already re-scheduled for July 2021 – will be cancelled, the president of the organizing committee said in an interview.
Speaking to Japan’s Nikkan Sports daily, Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori ruled out any possibility of the 2020 Olympics being postponed beyond 2021. If Covid-19 still remains a threat next year, the Olympic Games will not take place at all, he said.

In that case, it's cancelled.

Mori, who also served as Japanese prime minister in the early 2000s, recalled previous instances when large-scale hostilities made holding the Olympics impossible. The Games were cancelled three times before – in 1916 due to World War I, as well as in 1940 and 1944 during World War II.

The Japanese official likened battling Covid-19, which has infected over 3 million people worldwide, to “fighting an invisible enemy.” If the world succeeds in keeping the epidemic at bay, “we'll hold the Olympics in peace next summer,” Mori said, adding that humankind “is betting on it.”

Previously, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Japan can’t consider a postponement beyond the summer of 2021. Calling it “a mammoth undertaking,” the body explained that re-scheduling the Games “will involve restrictions and compromises on the part of everyone involved.”

The existing dates for 2021 were settled upon in March by Tokyo and the IOC. The Games were originally set to run from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but the raging coronavirus epidemic led international sports officials to alter the plans.





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ソフトウエア開発者のMario Romero Zavala氏と経済コンサルタントのLaurianne Despeghel氏がメキシコ市の死亡証明書のオンライン・データベースを基に調査したところによると、年明けから5月20日までの死者は3万9173人。過去4年間の同時期の平均は3万1101人だった。







posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:30| Comment(0) | Covid19

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