Friday, May 6, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 18


Last night’s news about the U.S. “jobs market” predicted that today’s report would show strong gains.  It showed weak gains, which means instead of wondering what the “response” of the Federal Reserve will be, “investors” (i.e., speculators) are wondering what the “response” of the Federal Reserve should be . . . in other words, business as usual.  And — as usual — we’ve been working hard to bring the Just Third Way to the attention of prime movers and shakers:

• But before we start, here’s the usual announcement about the Amazon Smile program.  To participate in the Amazon Smile program for CESJ, go to https://smile.amazon.com/.  Next, sign in to your account.  (If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you can create one by clicking on the tiny little link below the “Sign in using our secure server” button.)  Once you have signed into your account, you need to select CESJ as your charity — and you have to be careful to do it exactly this way: in the space provided for “Or select your own charitable organization” type “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington.”  If you type anything else, you will either get no results or more than you want to sift through.  Once you’ve typed (or copied and pasted) “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington” into the space provided, hit “Select” — and you will be taken to the Amazon shopping site, all ready to go.

• More of our tweets of the daily blog posting are getting retweeted, and FaceBook postings are getting liked and shared.  Given that so many of them deal with money, credit, banking, and finance, this is encouraging.

• CESJ’s latest book, Easter Witness: From Broken Dream to a New Vision for Ireland, is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as by special order from many “regular” bookstores.  The book can also be ordered in bulk, which we define as ten copies or more of the same title, at a 20% discount.  A full case is twenty-dix copies, and non-institutional/non-vendor purchasers get a 20% discount off the $20 cover price on wholesale lots ($416/case).  Shipping is extra.  Send enquiries to publications@cesj.org.  An additional discount may be available for institutions such as schools, clubs, and other organizations as well as retailers.  Initial sales are encouraging, and CESJ (although interfaith) has applied for an “imprimatur” which will allow the book to be used as a text in Catholic schools.  We received word that the books ordered for the Archbishop of Dublin have been shipped and should arrive today or early next week.

• Discussions on rescheduling the CESJ annual celebration and the Rally at the Fed are proceeding apace.

• Members of the CESJ core group are scheduled to meet with a number of academics from Virginia Tech in a few weeks.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 55 different countries and 51 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” “Curb Your Dog(ma),” “Why a Central Bank: More Practical Considerations,” and “The Purpose of Production.”

Those are the happenings for this week, at least those that we know about.  If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we’ll see that it gets into the next “issue.”  If you have a short (250-400 word) comment on a specific posting, please enter your comments in the blog — do not send them to us to post for you.  All comments are moderated, so we’ll see it before it goes up.

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