David Glenn Cox

I who am I? Born at the pinnacle of American prosperity to parents raised during the last great depression. I was the youngest child of the youngest children born almost between the generations and that in fact clouds and obscures who it is that I am really. Given a front row seat for the generation of the 1960's, I lived in Chicago in 1960. My father was a Democratic precinct captain, my mother an election judge. His father had been a Union organizer and had been beaten and jailed for his efforts. His first time in jail was for punching a Ku Klux Klansman during a parade in the 1930's. I never felt as if I was raised in a family of activists but seeing it print makes me think, yes. That is a part of who I am. In 2006, I won a Chicago Style citation for an article entitled, "Wind Turbines, Bad?" lampooning Fox News coverage of a lawsuit to stop construction of a wind farm. I am also a featured writer for Progressive Independent; my articles have been headlined in the Op-ed News and Information Clearinghouse, and I have been published by The Huffington Post as well as Crooks and Liars. I am also a frequent contributor to Bellaciao, a European-based news website, and I am the author of the soon-to-be-published novel The Servants of Pilate on the Aardvark Press. My short story, "My Last Day of Work," has been published by three literary magazines and is under consideration as the basis of a film by an Independent film producer in Hollywood.

One in Twelve

The new Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report for December was released Friday morning.  Brimming with optimism, I can say with full confidence that it is possibly the best employment report released so far this year and might be the best employment report to be released all year.

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Dickensian!

Somewhere between the lies and the rage lives sanity.  It lives oppressed and abused in a land which has quite literally, lost its soul.  It lives in a cold dingy room; it lives on hope and food stamps.  It lives on memories of the past which grow smaller in the rear view mirror as time whizzes by. Continue Reading...

True Definitions

I’ve been reading Conservative websites for the last day or so, curious as to how the Republicans viewed the outcome of the Presidential election.  Donald Trump probably made the funniest or the most curious statements.  “This election is a total sham and a travesty.  We are not a democracy!” quickly followed by “More votes equals a loss...revolution!”  To me at least, it is a clear sign that Continue Reading...

The Song Remains the Same

Soon we shall hold the non-election, to decide between the two major non-candidates based on their positions on the non-issues.  Lots and lots of amorphous talk, little about reality and none about sequestration.  Hard talk is for after the election, looking at Greece and what austerity has done to her people; one can only hold our heads and weep for the future. Another thirty days has passed and the BLS this morning released its Continue Reading...

Playing with Numbers

I only watched the first of the three Presidential debates and after the media declared Willard (Mitt) Romney the winner of the first debate, I didn’t see much point in watching any further.  I had mistakenly thought this was an audience participation event, when it was merely a spectacle to be observed by us weed benders.  The thundering media herd declares for us the winner and we are expected to sit there, over awed and clap Continue Reading...

It Sucks to be You!

It has been a strange weekend, fabulous, interesting, maudlin, magnificent and
 informative.  Sometimes, even though you already know something you still need to have it explained to you.  A tiger’s claw education: though we’d like to fault the tiger, we cannot in good conscience blame the swift and remorseless animal.

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How Can We Live, Without Our Lives?

  It is the first Friday of the month, the day when the bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly job report.  I hurried along heading for the coffee shop and as I stepped out into the crosswalk an armored truck was heading right for me, would he stop in time? I closed my eyes fearing the worst and thought…Hit Me! Hit Me! Hit Me!  The truck managed to stop and I continued on my way unmolested, but that pretty well Continue Reading...

The Employment Wall

This year 1,750,000 students will graduate from colleges within the United States.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year the economy created only 172,000 jobs requiring college degrees.  Or since the collapse of the economy in 2008, US colleges have graduated six million and using 2011 as a bell weather, less than 20 percent of those graduates have found a job in their chosen discipline.  Fortunately, for Continue Reading...