Mammon category archive
Paul Krugman considers Donald Trump’s approach to awarding “Presidential Medal of Freedom.” A snippet:
What with the midterm elections — and the baseless Republican cries of voting fraud — I don’t know how many people heard about Trump’s decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson, wife of casino owner and Trump megadonor Sheldon Adelson. The medal is normally an acknowledgment of extraordinary achievement or public service; on rare occasions this includes philanthropy. But does anyone think the Adelsons’ charitable activities were responsible for this honor?
Now, this may seem like a trivial story. But it’s a reminder that the Trumpian attitude toward truth — which is that it’s defined by what benefits Trump and his friends . . . .
My local rag reports that Bird, the outfit that’s randomly dropping scooters all over the country, holds itself above the law (that’s my words, not theirs). Here’s a bit:
Bird now owes $362,800 to the University of Georgia and $32,000 to Santa Cruz, California. Virginia Beach has impounded 205 scooters and is owed $1,700, as of Oct. 31.
And that’s just the beginning. Bird scooters have been reported in the cities of Nashville, Cleveland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor and Greensboro, North Carolina, just to name a few, according to news reports. . . .
“I think it’s very difficult to look at one locality and see the big picture,” he (Graham Henshaw, executive director of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center at the College of William & Mary–ed.) said. “What they’re trying to do is blanket the entire country in scooters.”
The story goes on to report that Bird does not respond to inquiries from government agencies and doesn’t seem interested in getting its scooters out of impound.
I’m not quite sure how the characterize this, but the phrase, “arrogant, greedy SOBs” comes to mind.
Dan Simpson is not amused with the United States’s passivity regarding the Khashoggi case and the Trump “administration’s” seeming wish that it all would just go away. Here’s a snippet from his column:
Saudi Arabia has always been a cross between a rich, hedonistic paradise for the ruling families and a humanitarian nightmare for everyone else. The minority Saudis live very well; most of the labor is performed by foreign workers from the poorer countries of the Middle East and South Asia. It used to be slaves from Africa. The level of cruelty practiced by the rulers was brutal, but largely unknown by the outside world. Every once in a while flashes of truth seeped out. One, in 1977, the execution of Princess Mishaal bint Fahd bin Mohammed for adultery became a scandal, but didn’t spill over into international policy toward the kingdom.
It used to be that the reliance of the world, including the United States, on Saudi oil served to give the kingdom a pass on humane behavior. In the case of the United States, there was also heavy U.S. oil company involvement in Saudi oil production. In the case of the United States, there was also heavy U.S. oil company involvement in Saudi oil production. U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia also became increasingly important to America over the years. . . .
(Update: the embed is giving a 500 error as of 2018-10-16 22:30. I checked. It’s their error, not mine. One hopes it’s cleared up soon.)
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David explores the right wing’s willingness to excuse Donald Trump’s financial shenanigans.
Mike looks at the latest from the Environmental Poisoning Agency and what it reveals about the hypocrisy of evangelical “Christians” (warning: language).
I had a coworker, a conscientious and good-hearted man, some years ago who became afflicted with mercury poisoning; it eventually ended his career and I lost touch with him. The cause was not fixed, but was believed to be defective dental fillings.
His decline was a horrible thing to witness.