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Reinfecting the Economy 0

Title:  Immunity Impunity.  Frame One, captioned

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Target (Mal)Practice 0

Man in suit holding a piece of paper reading

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Facebook Frolics 0

Phoney phrolics.

why am I not surprised?

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Taken to the Cleaners, Reprise 0

Scott Martelle follows the money.

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Taken to the Cleaners 0

David follows the money (Warning: 20 second ad at the beginning).

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“Smart” Homes, Dumb Home Owners 0

I wouldn’t have one of those “smart speakers” in my home on a bet.

If Big Data wants to spy on me, they can do it the old fashioned way and peer through my windows, but I will damned if I voluntarily invite their monitoring devices into my house. Heck, it’s difficult enough to fend them off in my web browser.

(I learned of this news story because I listen to Le Show and you should to.)

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Car. Thief. 0

Why does this not surprise me?

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The Medicine Show 0

I don’t know about you, but this story truly gave me heartburn.

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The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

Weather man forecasting

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Right here, right now, it’s the heat.

And the heat is a sympton of climate change.

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The Shill 0

Ivanka Trump holding up a Goya can and saying,

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Facebook Frolics, What the F? Dept. 0

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Tripping on the Guilting 0

Bill Nemitz reports on what happened when, on a lark, he signed up for the “Team Trump” mailing list. It was not quite what he expected. A snippet:

Curious about what they were up to, I clicked on the “find out more” button, which prompted a request for my email address, which I provided.

What I expected was a window into the messaging being deployed by the Trumps to propel the president to a second term – increasingly unlikely as that appears to be. What I got was a guilt trip, day after day, for not doing as I’m told.

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Facebook Frolics, No Russian to Judgement Here Dept. 0

Picture of Vladimir Puting firing

The image above accompanies an article at The Roanoke Times in which Rupert Cutler, long-time public servant, warns us that Russia is cranking up its bot nets to do it again.

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Everybody Must Get Fracked 0

Will Bunch mulls over a belated (and likely empty) gesture.

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The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

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The Persistence of the Peculiar Institution 0

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Stories of the Fall 0

Der Spiegel interviews two economists, Angus Deaton and Anne Case, in an attempt to figure out what the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed about health care in the United States.

They are not optimistic.

Here’s a bit:

DER SPIEGEL: Is it possible to identify the point when things started to go wrong in the U.S.?

Deaton: One great question to ask is: Why doesn’t America have a strong federal welfare state with health care like other European countries do? One answer is the issue of race. In the middle of the 20th century, it was the southern senators of the Democratic party who blocked any consideration of publicly funded health care. People don’t like to pay for services that go to people that don’t look like them, especially when they are black.

It’s a tough read, but a worthwhile one.

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Crossing against the Light 0

Doctor pushing man labeled

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Facebook Frolics 0

Fraudulent frolics.

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Facebook Frolics, Crocodile Tears Dept. 0

Joe Scarborough has had enough of the Zuckerborg.

Video via Juanita Jean.

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