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The Legacy of Neutron Jack Welch

I freely admit that I am of a certain age when tattoos have a slightly guilty-sexy tinge mixed with the image of sailors with a tattoo on each bicep. I am not alone in that misbelief. I remember a similarly aged Chief of Nursing ruling that no nurses could display a visible tattoo. That was all well and good, but 60% or more of the patients had tattoos, so why bother?

“Tattoos might be decorative, an element of style. But they are not a haircut or an outfit. They are part of the body, intended to last a lifetime. If the ink can disappear, so, too, may the meaning.”

From The Atlantic, The New Meaning of Tattoos They are not permanent anymore. Ready for a deep dive into tattoo chemistry? You need look no further than here.


“It was a stunning show about the last two months of Van Gogh’s life in a small village outside Paris. In that brief period, he completed, rather astonishingly, more than one hundred paintings and drawings. In the first room of the exhibit hung a famous self-portrait of the artist, before which stood a dense pack of viewers. Only they weren’t really viewing. They were capturing the image with their cellphone cameras. From the back of the crowd, I could barely see the painting, though less because of heads and more because of phones held high to record the image of Van Gogh.”

I do that. In fact, I took pictures at that specific exhibit. I am not quite sure why, I don’t print them, but I sometimes look at the details you do not have the time to see when visiting a museum and do not linger. From the Hedgehog Review, Art and the Smartphone


Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, is an iconic figure in American business. Has the anti-Welch Shawn Fain arisen?

“Welch was a trained chemist, but his legacy at the helm of General Electric – and across corporate America - was as a zealot advocate for financial engineering, the operational captain of the shareholder value philosophy engineered by Chicago School thinkers like Milton Friedman, George Stigler, and Robert Bork. Indeed, GE had always been a highly political institution. The firm was a significant funder of Bork’s research on the origin of the Sherman Act, which led to his iconic book The Antitrust Paradox. And GE’s chief strike-breaker, Lemuel Boulware, hired and mentored a fading yet still iconic actor in the 1950s and 1960s, a former Screen Actor’s Guild President named Ronald Reagan.


These [the current UAW] strikes are not just about higher pay, but about domestic stakeholders having a greater say in what our corporations do.”

Lee Hepner, an antitrust lawyer, takes us from Fein to Welch to Tim Cook, demonstrating how the perspective of capital, labor, regulation, and their relationship can tell us much about our current situation. From Matt Stoller’s Big, Labor Unions Are Industrial Policy