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Will Rogers:

Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.

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A Tune for the Times 0

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Merchants of Death 0

Francis Wilkinson considers a contradiction.

The National Rifle Association and other vectors of gun culture insist on the primacy of “law-abiding” gun owners. But if lawful gun owners are their focus, why have they waged a decades-long battle against restricting gun sales to criminals and the mentally ill? It’s not an easy question to answer.

Follow the link for considerable consideration.

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Apocalypse Not 0

Man in medieval robs rests one and on globe and raises the other in the air while saying,

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Disseminators of Defamation, or Accountability for the No Account 0

Sam and Emma talk with Mark Bankston, partner at the law firm Farrar & Ball, about a new case that he is taking up. A quote from Bankston:

“Today, my co-counsel Greg Adler and I filed suit against Fox, Newsmax, Univision, Timcast, Steven Crowder, Owen Shroyer, Simon Ateba, and Hollywood Unlocked for falsely portraying our innocent client as a neo-Nazi mass shooter.”

One more time, “social” media isn’t.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

An oxymoronic “responsible gun owner” jumps to a conclusion–a wrong conclusion–and concludes an innocent person’s life.

We are a broken society.

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Two Ukrainian soldiers.  One says,

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Aside:

I do not think it a stretch to suggest that today’s Republican Party, at the portion of it in the House of Representatives, is not interested in (small-d) democratic governance.

It is interested in dictating getting its way.

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Speed Freak 0

Florida Man.

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Pearl Bailey:

Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence.

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And Now for a Musical Interlude 0

The Lord Peter Wimsey BBC theme song.

If you have not read Dorothy Sayers’s Lord Peter mysteries, do so now. They are most excellent.

My favorite is Murder Must Advertise.

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A Sure Thing 0

At The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jonathan Zimmerman looks at the effects of the sudden burst of sports betting and, in particular, the advertisements therefor. He is less than optimistic. A snippet:

That’s why U.S Rep. Paul Tonko (D., N.Y.) introduced a bill last year to ban sports-gambling advertising, which he likened to advertising for cigarettes. “This is a public health crisis,” Tonko said. “They’ve replaced Joe Camel with celebrity spokespeople.”

Methinks he makes some good points and commend the article to your attention.

Aside:

I find the spate of solicitations for suckers to be most off-putting.

And the thought of a betting app on a phone, well, that’s an invitation to dumb scrolling.

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Republican Family Values 0

Pregnant woman chained to bed labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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To Live in the Past 0

Thom looks back in time and finds context.

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Republican Family Values 0

Two GOP Elephants standing in front of a crowd of women demonstrating against abortion restrictions.  One says,

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

One again, politeness becomes a family affair.

Police say a video shows the 9-year-old girl walking with her father toward the business when she gets shot in the leg.

“You can see her legs buckle. It appears that she’s in pain. It appears that something happens to her leg and we know that she was shot. So those cameras at McDonald’s did capture that,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

But new video obtained by police reportedly shows the father getting out of his car and putting the firearm in his pants when it suddenly discharged.

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This New Gilded Age, One More Time 0

The rich get richer . . . .

As of this month, the U.S.’s 806 billionaires are worth a collective $5.8 trillion, meaning that they control 1 in every 25 dollars of American wealth, according to an Americans for Tax Fairness report released Monday.

Due in part to the 2017 tax overhaul by Republicans, led by Donald Trump, this small group has seen an explosion of wealth in an extremely short amount of time.

Since the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, U.S. billionaire wealth has doubled, from an already staggering $2.9 trillion. In 2017, none of the richest Americans were centi-billionaires, meaning that they did not have over $100 billion; now, the top 10 U.S. billionaires are all centi-billionaires, according to the report.

More numbers at the link.

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Kurt Vonnegut:

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.

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Geeking Out 0

One of my computers died after long and faithful service, so I’ve been having fun tweaking my new one, which I ordered with the Debian Linux OS and the Plasma desktop environment. In a few more days, I’ll have it set up to my satisfaction. In the meantime, I’ve others to use, as the Going Linux guys say, to get stuff done.

I must say, I was somewhat taken aback. I ordered it Sunday night and it arrived, configured to my specifications, on Wednesday, much earlier than I expected.

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Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally.

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This New Gilded Age, Reprise 0

Cartoon illustrating how the rich are taxed much less than the working and middle classes.

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