Monday, August 31, 2015

Eating Lunch At McDonald's With Browning-Ferris and the NLRB....US of America, Once Again Going Into Labor Over Labor Damns.

.......On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a "joint employer" with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together or risk violating U.S. labor law.
Business groups, arguing that the ruling could lead to higher costs and hurt the economy, are pushing the Republican-led Congress to overturn it, in part it because the company named in the decision - Browning-Ferris - cannot challenge it in a federal court without overcoming a number of procedural hurdles.
Unions see the decision as a breakthrough not just in efforts to help employees organizes at franchisees of McDonald's Corp and other chains but also as a tool to counter the proliferation of subcontracting in other industries in which workers are one or two steps removed from the companies indirectly controlling them.........”

.........In a 3-2 decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries of California, the National Labor Relations Board refined its standard for determining joint-employer status. The revised standard is designed “to better effectuate the purposes of the Act in the current economic landscape.”  With more than 2.87 million of the nation’s workers employed through temporary agencies in August 2014, the Board held that its previous joint employer standard has failed to keep pace with changes in the workplace and economic circumstances. 
In the decision, the Board applies long-established principles to find that two or more entities are joint employers of a single workforce if (1) they are both employers within the meaning of the common law;  and (2) they share or codetermine those matters governing the essential terms and conditions of employment. In evaluating whether an employer possesses sufficient control over employees to qualify as a joint employer, the Board will – among other factors -- consider whether an employer has exercised control over terms and conditions of employment indirectly through an intermediary, or whether it has reserved the authority to do so........” 

Mike Patrick Dahlke

Here's the deal.
In the recent Browning - Ferris Industries decision, The National Labor Relations Board simply stated that two separate entities having control over the same employee were two separate entities having control over the same employee.

Not all that profound of a statement due in large part to the fact that the employees named are, for all practical purposes, really not doing jobs that require either a lot of skill nor do those that hire them provide those same employees with any realistic chance of improving those skills in the hopes of moving up into the world of upper management at Browning-Ferris.

None the less, the AFL-CIO is jumping on this ruling thinking that as a result of it, those unskilled laborers who work for Browning-Ferris will have that much more collective bargaining power if they're unionized. As this concept does on one level, have some merit, the argument for this ruling rapidly begins to loose steam once, and, if a national minimum wage is established. As this new minimum wage will put even more pressure on employers to pay a decent wage to entirely unskilled workers to begin with, once this wage is no more than a few years out, inflation alone will destroy that cost of living argument attributed to that minimum wage increase just as sure as it will put assunder yet another poorly designed American company who will then be forced to pay that same unskilled labor twenty dollars an hour once the AFL-CIO gets their paws into the dimwitted work force to begin with.

While the above statement might sound a bit on the harsh side, essentially and after several years of doing this type of negotiating, the AFL-CIO, Browning-Ferris or the NLRB have done little if anything to prepare the workforce of Browning-Ferris or the workforce of many other companies just like Browning-Ferris with even an inkling of education that might prepare such a workforce to be employed in something other than sorting through a fifty five gallon drum of household trash for the rest of their lives. When you take the time to think about the fact that supposedly well educated and well paid lawyers that the NLRB, the AFL-CIO, and, a host of companies have hired to discuss for the most part the hiring and managing of the lives of entirely under educated people to do tasks that require little to no functioning knowledge whatsoever to accomplish, one has to wonder just how under educated America's army of attorneys have litigated themselves into becoming themselves.

As the question is; what possible benefit can be gained from the ability to unionize stupid people who work for useless corporations to begin with, the obvious larger question is why aren't those same stupid lawyers using their legal minds to draft corporate entities that are in fact able to produce well defined jobs in high skilled industrial professions that effectively challenge stupid people who work for useless corporations to leave the corporation entirely to begin with?

Growing up in a white collar/blue collar industrial family, the notion of union was embedded into my industrial consciousness decades ago. As it remains just as firmly entrenched in my whole approach to building anything that I get involved with today, the overall managerial mindset of the AFL-CIO over the past twenty years has become increasingly delusional. Focusing its' otherwise historical energies of organizing the labor forces that built America's homes, communities, highways, hospitals and airport hangars on what can only be considered as the organization of clerical workers who work for governments that produce hopelessly useless NLRB decisions, without ever even for a moment taking an honest look at its role in the development of advanced energy building codes and the subsequent supportive dialog with the industries that are heading directly towards the development of residential energy based technologies that will employ highly educated Americans for decades?

The problem with the AFL-CIO is that as it originated in an industrial era where the labor force was skilled enough mechanically to produce such remarkable things as an automobile or steel for a sky scraper, not to mention the skyscraper itself, but, not necessarily educated enough legally to understand they had collective bargaining rights, the influence of the AFL-CIO was in fact demonstrated by the sheer volume of its wholly dedicated membership. As time went on, however, that same membership clearly became both complacent and arrogant, and, in doing so, ushered in an era that saw America's industrial brilliance being entirely upended by technological and industrial advancements in other countries. As this was taking place, America's unions lost membership and the AFL-CIO essentially became the nascent organization it is now today in 2015. Whereas at one point in time it represented tangible worker protections, for all practical purposes today, it represents nothing more than an under educated and industrially passionless labor force that have been culturally trained by government to do something entirely useless for their entire lives while in turn being cared for financially and represented legally by two institutions one being the AFL-CIO, the other being the US Department of Labor (an oxymoron if there ever was one).

As it is quite fascinating to me that a company such as McDonald's is now viewing this NLRB decision with disdain, it is equally fascinating to me that a company that really does nothing more than make hamburgers and employ a broad host of marginally educated people can be looked upon by either the AFL-CIO or the NLRB as being anything more than a temporary American target for a halfwit band of union organizers who can't seem to do anything at all about revitalizing virtually any construction sector in the United States of America, or, even begin to sit down with a broad host of emerging industries and plan comprehensive education and job growth strategies with these industries as well as the communities the products and services these industries represent are actually designed to benefit.

As it is quite clear to this author that long ago the AFL-CIO became nothing more than a mouthpiece for organizations looking for federal funding handouts, this so called ruling of NLRB is simply an extension of that mouthpiece that enables more and more marginally educated people to be represented by marginally focused labor representatives.

Whereas a decision by the National Labor Relations Board supposedly broadens the definition of what an employer actually is, the definition of what an employee is essentially stays the same even though organized labor would like everyone to think a new understanding of what it means to be a worker in America is about to unfold.

Ultimately however, these people are not American workers anyway. They are instead, social science experiments for the US Department of Labor which basically has as its philosophy “Now, if we raise the wage of stupid people, these stupid people will have more money in their pocket to go out and buy........................more McDonald's hamburgers. We of course, will get more income tax revenue from these higher wage earning stupid people up until these stupid people loose their job and go on welfare, which of course is then no longer our problem as that stupid person will be transferred to DCFS, which of course, will loose its funding due to the fact that the stupid people working for a higher minimum wage for the stupid company that is yearly loosing market share to other newly formed stupid companies hiring more stupid workers to wrap the same goofy hamburgers in different colored wax paper. The insanity never stops and the AFL-CIO is smack dab in the middle of this overwhelming morass.

The National Employment Law Project, a group supportive of labor unions, said that the issue is increasingly important because contract staffing has moved beyond its roots in white-collar clerical work into a broad array of industries, including traditional blue-collar and lower-skill jobs like construction, janitorial and food service. When you hear organizations such as the one above make such blanket generalized statements about entire segments of America's workforce, the writing on the wall becomes that much more clearer to interpret, instead of a nation being led by a new generation of 21st century mixed energy, job creating industrialists, we are becoming a nation of social science experiments being conducted by people who developed their broader intellectual industrial insight while waiting in their cars at a McDonald's for a latte that will be thrown in the trash can owned by Browning-Ferris, barely employing hundreds of thousands, if not millions of complete socioeconomic halfwits in the process.

According to the US Department of Labor, subcontracted and/or “nonstandard work structures” are now in 2015, experiencing the greatest job growth. Yet, while that job growth is barely audible, it is also a prime example of how a nation of virtually leaderless and hopelessly abstract economists have entirely overlooked the fact that the reason such nonstandard work structures are becoming widespread, is due exclusively to the fact that people in America have to find some sensible way of making a living during a period of time when their government seems only capable of granting same sex marriage licenses while overlooking entirely the fact that the bridges these folks and all others walk on are about to drop them collectively into the Chicago River or any other river in the country that runs through a town that has a McDonald's franchise with Browning-Ferris dumpsters setting beneath one of the imaginary Golden Bridge Arches that are themselves about to financially collapse. None the less, the US Department of Labor has concluded that these fast-growing industries are marked by “high rates of outsourcing" which is of course, a euphamism for “overall managerial bewilderment” on the part of the US Department of Labor.

Going further, someone is now saying that the NLRB's Browning-Ferris decision also could have ramifications for “the sharing tech economy” which is made up of the people you see on the streets of America babbling on their cell phones while walking blindly into oncoming pedestrian, bicycle or conventional vehicular traffic. These techies are of course launching America and the world into an entirely new world order of “electronic enlightenment” all of which revolves around whatever the newest gadget they are holding in their hand while walking blindly into the path of unsuspecting strangers. Then of course is the small army of Uber-ites both the NLRB and the AFL-CIO now see as having the potential to unionize when in fact these folks are just another segment of the American population that is using their cars to drive people around because they can't find any other jobs to begin with. As Uber, which in this author's opinion, is the one company in the whole mix of companies that could be negatively affected by the NLRB decision in quite the unnecessarily unfair manner, as Uber is itself clearly attempting to provide an active and intelligent solution to America's overall failed public transportation system, the last thing in the world the US Department of Labor or the US Department of Transportation wants as well as all types of state based regulatory commissions is to have a group of guys and gals driving around in their own vehicles taking people where they actually need to go.

As a bunch of the tech companies are more or less saying that while their subcontractors are busy texting and walking into traffic, they are as well connecting other techies to other techies, the fact of the matter is techies aren't either welders or master carpenters, bricklayers or pipefitters, they are simply babbling idiots attempting to find yet another means of electronically communicating the fact that someone might want to purchase their start up company stock on the NYSE where in fact that company will exist for maybe six months before yet another techie changes the color of his cell phone to blue as opposed to black or pink or invisible altogether. What I'm simply saying here is that tech companies simply will not be around long enough to either unionize or tax due simply to the fact that virtually no one in the world has a long term need for the more or less entirely redundant information that is exchanged on these devices to begin with.

"Our laws today are geared to protecting the interest of employees … (leaving) out a large swath of people who aren't employees," said Ravin Jesuthasan, a managing director at the consulting firm Towers Watson. "I think both individuals and companies are going to want legislation that recognizes this isn't a binary decision. I think it's more about coming up with hybrid legislation ... that goes beyond simply defining a worker as an employee or not." 

I don't know who this Jesuthasan guy is nor do I know anything about the consulting firm he works for, but, his statement to the affect that our laws protect the employee are as about as abstract and superfluous as any can possibly be. When in the same breath this guy states that there are an equal amount of people who comprise the category of those who aren't employees, the one thing this guy states as being obvious is the fact that virtually everyone in America is in fact looking for some sort of legislative leadership that not simply pertains to the definition of an employee, but, the actual growth of real industries that would revalidate from a highly disciplined regulatory framework, the actual purpose of working in America once again.

This whole AFL-CIO thing then, remains at the fundamental core of what in fact needs to be accomplished on the regulatory level for our collective American industrial prosperity to once again blossom. Thus the under educated work force of both McDonald's and Browning-Ferris, once educated, and now the work they are educated to do has the capacity to truly expand the fundamental corporate philosophy of any business entity, such expansion as it is defined on the McDonald's corporate website on the issue of sustainability, has that employee now as an individual not only employed by McDonald's as a hamburger wrapper, but as well, a carpenter or architectural designer or structural engineer engaged in the wholesale energy retrofitting of the building they actually wrap the burgers in. In the same breath, that same employee, now fully educated, can just as easily look to Browning-Ferris who as a corporate waste recycling entity has now fully articulated all waste streams it is managing and specifically to those waste streams that have direct bearing on the waste McDonald's produces daily at their facilities nationwide.

As the point here is to grasp a much larger industrial blueprint of and for the whole corporate entity, the managerial onus the AFL-CIO can and perhaps should be bringing to this larger industrial expansion dialog, is in fact the AFL-CIOs' overall ability to train once again a vast army of 21st century bricklayers, solar array installers and urban traffic managers into the finer aspects of everything industrial that is in fact needed by every company in America today to basically function both economically in the black, and, subsequently, environmentally in the green for many more American industrial decades to come.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Patrick Dahlke

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Connecting The Industrial Dots Of Neighborhood Based Economic Revitalization

Industrial Neighborhood Symmetry

Mike Patrick Dahlke

In 1937, the US Congress enacted legislation establishing Standard Industrial Classification or S.I.C. The purpose of this legislation was to create a system that would enable both industry and government to keep track of stuff – and in particular – industrial stuff.

As the term “industrial stuff” can quite possibly mean anything, in this particular case, industrial stuff meant everything. That is everything that could possibly go into the making of anything, was in fact, going to be kept track of via this S.I.C. System.

While there were several reasons for the establishment of S.I.C., clearly the most important was to enable our domestic economy the ability not to be victimized by the fact that before this system was established, there was really no way to determine who was making what in America and as a result, little to no way to quantify any aspect of anything even remotely related to either nationwide industrial production or profit. Coming off the heals of The Great Depression, establishment of S.I.C. was then crucial to our nation's sustained and historic period of remarkable industrial and economic growth after The Great Depression. As this sense of symmetry most certainly created an American industrial machine that was unsurpassed by any other industrial nation in the world, in the process, that same symmetry enabled allied nation's worldwide the capacity for economic expansion that was and has been quite extraordinary since then.

Whereas all of this classification stuff has been enormously beneficial to America ever since S.I.C. was first established, and, in fact S.I.C. was expanded and upgraded significantly by that same US Congress again in 1992 to become N.A.I.C.S., our current North American Industrial Classification System is again ripe for renewal and upgrading. Due primarily to the fact that there have been enormous levels of new industrial innovation in virtually every business sector, quite simply, we are today in pretty much the same situation we were in in 1937. Knowing full well that an entire system of new industrial dots must be connected to an equally new grid on which these dots must be placed, we are not only expanding the scope of NAICS , but the grid work or structural framework, or, infrastructure from which all this new stuff can be allowed to flourish “for the good of all”.

As what is at stake here is essentially the continued growth of a thriving industrial economy, the very reason our economy today in 2015 is simply not thriving is directly associated with why it collapsed in 1929, took until 1937 to re blueprint and all the way into the 1950s before we as a nation found ourselves collectively comfortable with the fact that we could say “things economically were fine”. It simply takes an entire society a fair amount of time to grasp the notion that change in industry is also change in thinking. To put this into perspective, at one point in time, it was considered that for change to become fully absorbed into a society, almost a century of time would pass before something would be considered as “a normal industrial function” of a society. As a case in point here might be characterized as the amount of time a village of people would walk down to the river to get drinking water, bathe and wash clothes clashing with the amount of time it would take to run pipes from the river up into the homes those people lived in. Being altogether bewildered by the concept of not walking down to the river for water and instead simply opening a valve to of all things a kitchen sink, the question ultimately came down to “what on earth are all of those village people going to do with the extra time on their hands?”

Unfortunately today, we are in the same boat virtually everywhere in our nation. If we are not doing what it is that we have been doing for so long any longer, what on earth should we be doing instead?

As my particular response to this question would be to once again go down to the river to fetch a pail of water and on the return trip, revisit all the stops along the way we have inadvertently overlooked since the time house plumbing became the norm, the moment we do this, is then the moment we find new ways to fill our time, fill our water buckets, continue to fulfill our obligations of living with and nurturing the land, and, make money from the land in an entirely new way in the process. As essentially, everything we do in life is entirely connected to the land we do it on, I would suggest a new urban tribalism is emerging and has been emerging for the greater part of the past fifty years. Having said this, and if it is true that it takes a society 100 years to fully grasp a whole and contemporary industrial portrait, Industrial Symmetry as it is defined here in 2015, is not only ready to become mainstream, but, does in fact, now, today, simply need to be tweaked so that the masses grasp the whole social framework of that symmetry in precisely the same manner such industrial symmetry was grasped in the 1950s.

Whereas all of this sounds wonderful, the problem of grasping the notion of change today in 2015 America is really not connected with the ability the masses have to do so. Instead it has to do with undoing the informational infrastructure that has been created for the masses by the same Congress that at one point in time drafted legislation designed to help the masses. With it being very much common knowledge that Uncle Sam has become nothing more than an endless paper trail, one that is nothing more than a self perpetuating sea of constantly drowning documentarians, our overall American Industrial Symmetry has been entirely set aside by this demoralizing and dysfunctional institutional laziness. If an administrator has a problem, draft a problem correction notice, publish it, draft a problem correction notice response form, publish it. To ad infinitum such nonsense has allowed, what can at best, only be loosely defined as the educated attempting to impose regulation on the stupid, without the educated being exposed to anything other than the hopelessly redundant habit of writing sophomoric college essays, the educated in America have simply lost the 21st century industrial writing contest to Russia, India and China thus far.

Startling as the comment above may sound, the question, the singular question staring our nation in the face today is “Where on Earth is Our Non Legislative Oriented Leadership not actually leading us to?”

As the answer to the above question is clearly beyond the scope of anyone in Washington, the masses leaderless are left quite unfortunately with only now today 5 gallon empty buckets of drywall finishing compound to carry water from the next door neighbor's house whose municipal water main connection has yet to rot away. Waiting clearly for some form of 21st century green industrial light to suddenly appear over the dome of our nation's capital, instead we hear idiots from one party rambling about global warming and idiots from another preparing yet again to declare we are about to be attacked by an enemy that for all practical purposes is most likely building military installations on melting icebergs that that party doesn't believe are melting to begin with?

Help, for the love of industrial common sense, where on earth has our work on the growth of a truly comprehensive 21st century mixed energy, industrial growth policy gone off to? Fifty years now of developing a remarkable host of new energy technologies that our global competitors are rapidly advancing on and we sit channeling our economic resources to such things as funding homeless shelters, or, how about the funding of cute little urban organic garden clubs, an endless array of federally funded urban food pantries, all of which are located in neighborhoods filled with street after street of useless and crumbling residential dwellings occupied by useless and crumbling welfare recipients whose only real life educational training is benchmarked by their ability to latch on to Uncle Sam's now fifty year old welfare based paper trail?

Yes, of course this is all true, and in the minds of those who somehow operate without a guilty conscious over the fact that such activity is in fact directly related to the social climate that permeated America in the 1920s prior to the Great Depression, they are essentially operating under a social premise or doctrine of narcissist enlightenment that only states that the discussion of Industrial Symmetry as opposed to the wholesale incorporation of sound economic industrial growth policy will suffice. While everybody again waits for some form of Green Energy Go Signal from Washington, both political parties in Washington can pretty much rest knowing that while on one side of the aisle there sits a delegation devoted to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2015, on the other side is a delegation of virtually mum morons who can't conceive of a wage at all. Eventually then, as if either by magic or the hands of God, all of this nonsense will result in something that is actually measurable either in free and unhindered independent industrial wage growth or equally measured by free and independent and economically sound industrial growth both of which would be the preferable and historic, and, of course, rational market driven economic norm.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there is the issue of the five gallon water vessel, how to fill it, what to fill it with and why on earth it is crucial to our nation's overall industrial growth policy that in fact we do.

As “back at the ranch” is but a euphemism for a broad and comprehensive nationwide network of crumbling urban and rural neighborhoods, all of which are virtually devoid of either new energy technologies or new energy jobs, the neighborhoods are in fact the epic center from which Industrial Symmetry must unfold. There is simply no other place on America's plot of earth to begin this broad based economic re fertilization than the neighborhood. The old electrical transmission wires are there. The old gas lines are there. The old water and sewer lines are there. The old telephone lines are still there. The old alleyways are still there. The old streets are still there. The old garbage service is still there. The old US Mail service is still there. The old police and fire protection district is still there. In fact everything except the old industries that built the original neighborhood is still there and virtually every aspect of these old entities is pure and ancient industrial junk that has virtually no market valuation left to squeeze any form of profit from any longer.

So yes, let's just say we start at the neighborhood level with this whole 21st century Industrial Symmetry thing, and, in doing so, place a negative financial valuation quite honestly on each and every junk neighborhood anywhere in America. Stating first off that there is virtually no benchmark valuation point to an entire neighborhood might sound a bit extreme, but, if looked upon in the right manner, the moment a neighborhood's financial evaluation is zero, is also the moment it is freed from the federal paper trail Uncle Sam created in the first place that turned the economy of the neighborhood to zero to begin with.

If you think about the above statements for a moment, and, in turn you think about a neighborhood that is virtually free of any form of regulation, tax burden or other debilitating and redundant regulatory insanity, a certain sense of remarkable calm might unfold in your mind. As it does, and it does in somewhat of a surprisingly organic manner, the very first thought that would probably come into your mind is more than likely going to be that you are getting thirsty and would like a glass of water.

But, why on earth would you want to have any old glass of water, especially when considering the fact that that is all you have had for several decades?

The question now becomes pipes.

Having talked with all of your neighbors, everyone has agreed upon the notion that new pipes are needed for new water. And as the discussion unfolds, other things related to water come up in the conversation. Such things as a local filtration system to clean the water again after it has already been cleaned once by the larger water supply and filtration district. Why this is a good idea is that the much older and much more ancient system is just that, old and ancient and it supports the income of people whose business it is to make paper trails for their Uncle Samuel. Keeping the filtration of water local then, simply keeps the new paper trail local as well as it keeps it basic and simple and controlled entirely by the people who actually drink the water and of course pay the water bill.

Now that the supply water situation has been dealt with, the waste water situation must be next.

Again, realizing the fact that the neighborhood is valueless, people who live in the neighborhood must not only fix everything that is wrong, but do so for the much larger purpose of putting together a comprehensive neighborhood reinvestment plan that has as a benchmark starting point, a comprehensive water utility plan that when combined with all other plans can simply be packaged in a loan document handed to the local banker for his local approval.

At any rate, back to the waste water Industrial Symmetry discussion thing.

Waste water is of course a combination of human waste, food waste, car washing and laundry washing waste and lawn and garden watering run off. As it is, waste water then is not at all waste water but instead a commodity that when utilized to its fullest extent, has a financial value that can be placed upon its many individual industrial assets. Thus human waste directed to the proper treatment facility becomes something other than human waste. In the same breath, food waste and all other wastes associated with water do the same meaning that within the discussion of installing new pipes, there is more than likely going to be more new pipes than old pipes and the new pipes are going to be connected to gadgets that are part of a neighborhood's whole Industrial Symmetry.

Now this is not to say that the new pipes will take up more space than the old pipes, nor is it to say that the new pipes will not need to be maintained, it is simply stating that as each new pipe is installed to deal with each new function taking place inside of that pipe, new maintenance technologies will be attached to the system the pipe itself is attached to. As a result, we have created a new waste water infrastructure model dealing with the specific waste water needs of a given neighborhood. In turn, we have created the need for an industrial education model that for again, all practical purposes cannot possibly be brought forward if in fact it is not done so at the neighborhood level. As this working in reverse formula for industrial urban renewal might seem to be something that historically would be considered as working in reverse of accepted nationwide industrial application methodology, the point here is really quite simple – we as a nation have clearly evolved our technologies to the point where big industrial thought is simply not a viable alternative to great industrial thought.

As the problem here is that of establishing necessary authority over industrial thought, again establishing the basis of that authority from within a neighborhood setting, simply integrates that authority quite smoothly into the overall land use policy established by the neighborhood based, industrial management public utility authority which is of course anchored to overall neighborhood based, environmental whole health management.

Taking this proactive Industrial Symmetry management philosophy one industrial step further along, simply look at the use of water and its interaction with food waste. Once that interaction is fully identified, yet another set of industrial functions emerge and do so with the same need of cooperative based regulation.

Specifically to this food waste (and what initially would be) fresh water interaction model, is the notion of preparing a family meal and the interaction of the prepared foods that will undoubtedly come into industrial contact with the kitchen sink.

You are now at the kitchen sink sipping a glass of wine, engaged in a conversation about global warming while holding a head of cabbage in your free hand, As the conversation becomes more engaging and the head of cabbage becomes heavier in one hand than the glass of wine in the other, the conversation takes a sudden turn away from global warming and towards heads of cabbage. With a stew pot and a faucet close at hand, you grab both of these industrial gadgets and begin to fill the stew pot with fresh water from the kitchen faucet (now attached to new pipes). Once filled, the pot is transported to the far corner of the kitchen counter only to be set for twenty four hours as it begins the industrial process of being transformed into sauerkraut. In the process of cooking the family dinner, another pot is grabbed, filled with water and placed to boil in the stove top. As this is being done, out come the fresh veggies, the cutting board and paring knife and chop away you go. As the water comes to a boil, fresh pasta is placed into the pot while cut veggies begin to stack up next to the kitchen sink. Whereas in the old industrial world we once lived in the cut veggies would be placed into a colander and rinsed with the freshwater coming from the kitchen faucet, in the new world of Industrial Symmetry, this process has been modified so that the rinsed vegetable water does not go down the kitchen drain and into the municipal waste water system.

In fact, when everything about the preparation of the evening meal has been accomplished, there remains roughly three gallons of what is now referred to as “recyclable veggie water”. As the following night there will be an additional gallon of “recyclable spinach veggie water” added to the new collection of waste water, there of course, is the need to put the stuff into some sort of a containment vessel that will have the need to be accessed and drained on somewhat of a frequent basis. Whereas the disposal of this water was once relegated to the kitchen sink and forgotten, needless to say, such practices led to the deterioration of the original industrial pipes to begin with. Short of installing an entire bank of new kitchen sinks into a home that has limited room to do so, draining the now new Industrially Symmetrical veggie waste water into the kitchen sink once again is again okay as beneath that kitchen sink is a set of new pipes that directs the veggie water into the vessel that will need to be drained somewhat frequently.

But, again as veggie water is now a new commodity more than capable of being utilized in new industrial sectors, the question becomes, what exactly are those industrial sectors. Two in particular come readily to mind, the first of course is utilizing the veggie waste water in the family's organic garden. If this were the case, then a task specific veggie waste water spigot would have to be attached to the storage vessel which in turn would be utilized to attach the garden veggie waste water hose, which in turn would be utilized to get the waste water from the vessel to the garden where the cabbage grows. Taking into consideration the fact that perhaps not everyone is a gardener, there is more than a better chance that most everyone does at one point or another, cook pasta. Thus veggie waste water transportation becomes yet another industrial entity more than capable of being sustained if and only if such transport is retained within the boundaries of the neighborhood it has been created in. Whereas transportation of waste water in a past industrial era more than likely involved the outfitting of a 500 gallon tank upon the chassis of a two ton truck, in the Industrial Symmetry of our new neighborhood urban transport model, the few gallons of veggie based waste water accumulated on a weekly basis from all of the neighbors, much more than likely could be handled by a very light weight and alternative fuel powered vehicle that simply travels up and down the alleyways to collect this veggie waste water on a regularly scheduled route.

Now that the veggie waste water dilemma has been solved, shower, bath and laundry gray waste water is next along with the water utilized to clean any and all types of stuff that is stored in the family garage (cars, bicycles, seasonal lawn furniture, garden tools, pet stuff, and, of course, the occasional bloodied hatchet. Not long ago in our industrial past there was a device that took care of all of this type of water. Called a cistern, the function of this non mechanical device was to simply store this type of water usually underground within either a field stone based or poured concrete based containment vessel. With the purpose of storing this water being the eventual use of it for watering the family garden, needless to say, in today's model of Industrial Symmetry this concept is clearly once again a quite viable industrial entity if, and, only if it is incorporated into the whole neighborhood industrial model.

With the addition of a broad host of advanced water filtration technologies combined with the addition of an equally broad host of both water metering and distribution technologies, combined collectively within the geographical and socioeconomic footprint of a neighborhood, a vast host of larger environmental issues are solved while at the same time a sophisticated network of new educational parameters, job categories and sustainable business models emerge as well.

If you have been paying attention to what is being stated in this essay, then you will have to remember that this essay is benchmarked on the need to once again redefine and re blueprint what was in 1937 established by Congress as a prerequisite for continued American domestic and global economic prosperity. As in 1937 S.I.C. was established to thoroughly document every industrial function known to our America in 1992, N.A.I.C.S. was established in the 1990s for precisely the same reason, to circumvent entirely the slightest chance of what historically accounted for the events leading up to The Great Depression. As these events were a combination of both social arrogance and a remarkable lack of knowledge of what was actually being manufactured in our America back then, the very same reality remains overwhelmingly real in our domestic American economic model in particular today in 2015. As it is, taking the fathomable responsibility to declare our neighborhoods financially insolvent then offers up the possibility of a largely unheard of outcome, which in fact is, there is virtually no reason whatsoever for them to be so.

With a new Industrial Symmetry model, all forms of existing regulatory nonsense simply gets logically disbursed into a broader network of attainable industrial function that has at its core, actual economic movement. Needing quite obviously dynamic regulatory constraints, from within the neighborhood industrial revitalization model, the mystery of those constraints is no longer hidden from view by those who actually live and are supposed to be able to work once again in those neighborhoods. As I have addressed the rather simple functions of fresh water supply and waste water reclamation in this essay thus far, a multitude of new neighborhood industrial functions are left to be addressed. One in particular is the application of residential solar power into the broader regional and national public electric utility grid.

At the present time, residential solar electric generation is largely considered to be well on its way to becoming a standardized public electric utility model that both new solar start ups and historic electric utility providers are agreeing to the eventual full integration of. This being the case, this combined electric energy sector can only do one thing which is to provide electricity to residential and commercial as well as industrial consumers of electricity via a network of electric utility providers. But just as water and waste water management can only provide a portion of the municipal water infrastructure needs of a home, both water and electric can only provide a small part of the whole retrofitting needs of that same home as well as the larger retrofitting needs of an entire neighborhood of homes. Having said this, transportation re blueprinting, natural gas retrofitting to accommodate both residential housing needs and transportation needs is equally a part of this broader neighborhood industrial redevelopment dialogue. In the same breath, the use of new and fully integrated reuse of old building materials, the movement in and out of neighborhoods of those materials, the collective rewiring of residential dwellings, the collective re piping of those same dwellings, the establishment of a broad host of medical services into those communities, the establishment of micro-agricultural development within those communities?

As again, “back at the ranch” is but a euphemism for a broad and comprehensive nationwide network of crumbling urban and rural neighborhoods, all of which are virtually devoid of either new energy technologies or new energy jobs, the neighborhoods are in fact the epic center from which Industrial Symmetry must unfold. There is simply no other place on America's plot of earth to begin this broad based economic re fertilization than the neighborhood. The old electrical transmission wires are there. The old gas lines are there. The old water and sewer lines are there. The old telephone lines are still there. The old alleyways are still there. The old streets are still there. The old garbage service is still there. The old US Mail service is still there. The old police and fire protection district is still there. In fact, everything except the old industries that built the original neighborhood is still there and virtually every aspect of these old entities is pure and ancient industrial junk that has virtually no market valuation left to squeeze any form of profit from any longer.

Having repeated above what I stated earlier, essentially, providing advanced electrical generation and water use management technologies into a community from within only the historical framework of traditional utility provider ship without establishing the framework from which all other industrial entities must thrive is more or less redundant.

What is not redundant however is the establishment of building codes that essentially serve as highly task specific, industrial based educational starting points from which dialogues about the future use of such services as police and fire protection are fully redefined. If in fact a solar electric array can be placed on a residential dwelling and in the process, the entire electric provider grid becomes that much more capable of neighborhood based electric utility based provider ship management, within that same framework, solar based emergency egress lighting built into residential hallways to facilitate the escape from a burning building after the power has been shut off, simply provides, through the proper residential building code statement, the means from which battery back up solar powered auxiliary lighting becomes yet another Industrially Symmetric based neighborhood business service provided by neighborhood electrical service contractors.

As again the point of this whole essay is the overarching need we in America have today to redefine and wholly re categorize a broad host of industrial functions that for all practical purposes are floating entirely free of the highly disciplined purpose of establishing nationwide industrial code classification in the first place, the only real place from which such application can be applied is our American neighborhood.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Patrick Dahlke

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Urban Planning: The Fine Art Of Attaching Organic Belly Buttons To Non Organic Industrial Brains.

Planning Organic Design.

Think about this for a minute.

At any point in time during your day, regardless of where you are at, or, what you are doing, do you ever just stop everything you are doing, pull yourself out of your zone; sit back, lean back or lay back long enough to observe what everyone else is doing?

If you do, and/or, as you do, do you as well take the time to consider what it is everyone else is thinking while they are doing whatever it is they are doing?

If you are like me, most likely you consider such thoughts fairly frequently and as you do and you are perhaps in the same field of urban planning or urban conceptualization (dreaming) I am in, you are very much capable of coming up with broad and sweeping generalizations that have little to no bearing on any form of reality whatsoever. None the less, as you take the time to just lay back and wonder about everyone else, certain very obvious behavioral patterns can be identified in the process of doing so. As you are not only in the field of urban planning but as well quite knowledgeable of the field Urban Behavioral Economics, the sweeping, broad generalizations you come to are in fact buttressed by the larger fact that because of the fact you are indeed quite knowledgeable of the field Urban Behavioral Economics, your observations are, in truth, quite accurate and profoundly insightful in substance even though everyone else you are watching are in fact doing things that keep them oblivious to the fact that you are watching them as they are doing what it is you falsely assume they are doing.

At any rate, there is a point to this essay and that point is this; people spend an awful lot of their time playing, quite fruitlessly with their belly buttons. Even though they might just be walking by, riding in the car next to you, sitting on the train seat across the aisle, working at a desk two cubicles over or three floors up, washing windows outside of your office, burping their child, grocery shopping, no matter what, what these people are doing is nothing more than playing with their belly buttons. I know this for a fact that is bench marked by a rather simple argument. If in fact people weren't just playing with their belly buttons, then what on earth can possibly explain the reason why that with all the people you run across in the course of a given day, nobody ever talks about urban planning?

Think about this.

Even though the belly button can, in all likelihood be considered to be, the most organic and cognitively centered spot on the human body, all people ever really do with the thing is play with it, or, think about playing with it when in fact one would assume they would be thinking about something altogether different. It's a rather startling truth wouldn't you say? Particularly when you consider the fact that while everyone is playing with their belly button, virtually no one is thinking about urban planning.

As this is the case, I thought that if I were to write an essay on urban planning that stressed the importance of integrating the belly button into sustainability discussions as such discussions focus on community and neighborhood development, perhaps the whole playing with the belly button thing would become a sort of socioeconomic transformational model from which such things as micro solar collectors and rainwater management systems would emerge. If in fact, people in general had something relatively tangible to discuss and such discussions led directly to the growth of entirely new models of urban living, would the belly button find in the process of this transformation, a certain and valid re-connection with an entirely different part of the human anatomy?

Knowing that what goes on with the belly button is indeed a “frame of mind thing”, that other anatomical body part is then the human brain and for the sake of this essay, the “non organic industrial brain” in particular.

With the brain being a mechanism that is essentially operational from the moment of conception, it is of course quite capable of receiving vast amounts of information over the course of its life span. As it is, the type of information the brain receives has a direct bearing on the type of environment the body and the belly button attached to the body have or have not, and/or continue to have experienced both living and learning in. Thus if the brain is exposed to something such as organic gardening at a very early age, chances are fairly good that the belly button and the body have as well. Knowing all of this then is relevant and in fact crucial to understand if the whole concept of perpetually playing with the belly button is not only finally understood, but in turn, transformed into a method of personal accomplishment that might very well lend itself to the growth of the very organic neighborhood based industries, the “organic industrial brain” has the capacity to actually develop whereas the “non organic brain” is virtually incapable of grasping. As the theory here is that belly button playing is in fact a very alarming indication of a much more prolific form non organic brain dysfunction, it is as well an indication of an equally dysfunctional aspect of non organic urban planning.

Going along with the notion that non organic urban planning has been the predominant form of urban planning for several decades, it more or less goes without saying that belly button playing has spread accordingly to every aspect of urban planning. Thus urban transportation planning, urban economic development planning, urban parks and recreational planning, urban building code model planning, urban public education planning, urban density assessment model planning, urban tax increment financial model planning and, on and on, are all adversely affected by of all things, excessive amounts of belly button playing.

With all of this in mind then, perhaps it would be a good idea to take a careful look at one singular function of urban planning, in the process, dissect its varied parts from the perspective of organic based industrial brain function exclusively. To do so, I will first take a look at that function from the non organic based urban planning mindset.

Rainfall and Its Affects on Community Based,
Belly Button Behavioral Modification.

Rainfall is of course, a fairly normal and regular occurrence pretty much in most places where humans congregate to the point of forming a community. As it has many benefits, it does as well have many issues pertaining to the fact that the benefits are also a nuisance. Either way, rainfall is water and water must be managed. For decades, the non organic urban model was to establish some system that would enable most if not all in the community to benefit from the fact that rainfall would be managed and directed initially away from buildings, that's it. As long as there was some means of moving water away from the front door, those coming and going from the building would feel as if the urban planner guy was doing his job even though they actually never even knew an urban planner guy even existed.

With one thing leading to another and more and more urban planners began to dissect the function of rainwater, the services required to prevent rainwater from doing the bad things it can do expanded and produced a network of water management infrastructure that allowed the water to go someplace where it, in many ways could not either be seen or heard, at least not from the negative aspect of water management that people grew unaccustomed to organically dealing with. What is quite interesting here is that while communities secretly created infrastructure to deal with the sheer volume of rainwater that regularly falls on communities nationwide, people with organic belly buttons grew more and more detached from dealing with rainwater on their own resulting in what fundamentally became the sociological groundwork that led to excessive belly button playing to begin with.

As symptoms of excessive belly button playing first emerged, a broad host of non organic consumer products and services for the home emerged and only led more to the proliferation of this dysfunctional belly button playing. One of the products was called a rain gutter. Another product was called a downspout. Whereas initially it was thought that such products had some type of constructive usefulness and in fact thousands if not tens of thousands of people with belly buttons found employment either manufacturing and installing or selling and cleaning out gutters, soon it became apparent that the gutter, the downspout, the ladder needed to get to the gutter, the cost of insurance against the possibility one would fall off the ladder, or, mistakenly walk under the ladder only to be hit with gobs of infected and decaying leaf matter retrieved from infected and decaying gutters by infected and decaying shovels yielded by infected and decaying gutter cleaners and salesman, when all of this became obvious and in turn there was a growing epidemic of belly button playing going on, urban planners began to contemplate rain gutter and downspout alternatives.

As in all ways industrial, this point of contemplation represents an entire socioeconomic shift in industrial based logistical thought, this same point of contemplation represents a much broader cultural transition from, what I have previously stated a non organic industrial mindset to a wholly organic industrial mindset that once fully understood and applied stops altogether any and all thought of future belly button playtime. When you really begin to think about rain water management and in doing so eliminate two historically necessary tools of that management process, the rain gutter and downspout which are still needed but have the very clear potential to be logistically reconfigured, the economics of doing so as well as the educational parameters needed to effect such a monumental reconfiguration, simply and quite dynamically emerge in virtually all other sectors and disciplines of the original urban planning premise.

As at the core of the urban plan is a remarkable combination of environmental heath measures, personal health measures, personal financial gains, community financial gains, community based industrial growth, public and private sector educational guidelines, a host of transit based priorities, and, of course, a host of funding needs, removing the rain gutter and the downspout from the dialog might be construed as an equivalent to removing a roof from a house so that the inhabitants can sit on their living room couch to get a sun tan. Where in fact if the roof was indeed removable and in fact the water from the roof could be directed to a much more tangible environmental and economic outcome, now the rain gutter, the downspout and the retractable roof are a part of a much broader organic industrial based, urban planning mindset. Whereas we as a nation are still very much anchoring our industrial mindset on manufacturing rain management components we are in turn managing the development of a quite remarkable expansion of our nation's whole public utility infrastructure which in a decidedly refreshing manner, once again allows our nation to financially be able to do so.

America's 21st Century Belly Button Goal.

If you really think about the pretense of this essay, agree with it and find a certain sense of core logic attached to it, more than likely you have the capacity to understand the general principles of urban planning as such principles are attempting to be applied universally throughout our nation. As virtually everyone of my essays have to do with the tremendous need we collectively have to get going on the truly enormous task of rebuilding all aspects of our national infrastructure, perhaps the most debilitating blockade standing in our way is that obvious and logical organically based industrial thought is still being circumvented by those who hurt their head when they fell off the ladder cleaning gutters twenty five years ago. Not wanting to go up two times a year to clean leaves out of gutters, the greater concepts of leaf management, rain water management, residential top soil replenishment and so on and so forth sit largely idle due exclusively to the fact that belly button playing remains at the nucleus of our larger national lazy streak.

If in fact one day you find yourself just stopping everything you are doing, pulling yourself out of your zone; sitting back, leaning back or laying back long enough to observe what everyone else is doing and you find that every one is gone, you might want to go discover where in fact they went. As more than likely they are away from the desk because they are away from the company who owned the desk, even more likely they are at another desk at another company that is involved with the manufacturing, installation, education and long term maintenance of some new rain water control and distribution system that is in the process of being installed on every home in their own neighborhood by people who like themselves were educated by both the company and the building and zoning office located in their community while attending classes at the local community college all of which is being paid for by at least four highly articulated and separate public and private sector funding entities.

With virtually no belly button playtime left on the mantel clock, in fact, as the mantel itself has been modified to hold both filtered rainwater and tropical fish, well, at one point in real clock time, one thing organic leading to yet another thing organic produces a whole and valid organic industrial and economic blueprint for the whole life cycle of rain fall once again.

Think about this for a minute, and, stop playing with your damn belly button. You look like an idiot standing in a rain storm without an umbrella.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Patrick Dahlke

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