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A Picture Is Worth, Trickle On Economics Dept. 0

Poor man with tattered umbrella:  I'm so excited.  Jobs are going to rain down from heaver!  Rich man with inverted umbrella that is capturing all the money:  Tax cuts will be raining down like manna from heaven!

Via Job’s Anger.

The Trumpled Masses 0

The Take on the Take 2

Robert Reich explains “The Trump Doctrine.”

Hint: It’s all about the Benjamins.

Fly the Fiendly Skies, Reaccommodation Dept. 0

Title:  Final Reward for an Airline Executive.  Image:  Satan talking to man at the gates of hell:  I'm sorry, we're overbooked, but, for you, I'll have someone kicked upstairs to make roon.

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Chartering a Course for Disaster 0

The Florida legislature works on new plans to convert the public good to private theft profit.

Suffer the Children 0

It’s not scripture, it’s GOP policy.

Attention Theftacit Disorder 0

One of my local convenience stores features, GSTV, a vile and loathsome creation that yabbers commercials at you while you fill your gas tank. (Why they think that making persons angry is a productive sales technique mystifies me.)

At the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Glenn Harlan Reynolds offers his take on the soundwall of advertising that is consuming our attention. An excerpt:

Columbia law professor Tim Wu thinks your attention is being stolen. And he’s not happy about it.

He’s not talking about TV commercials, which pay for the show that you’re watching. He’s talking about ads that seize your attention while giving you nothing in return. He has a special dislike of gas station TV, in which saccharine fake newscasts appear on the pump while you fill your car, tethered by a short length of hose. But that’s not all, Wu writes: “In that genre are things like the new, targeted advertising screens found in hospital waiting rooms (broadcasting things like The Newborn Channel for expecting parents); the airlines that play full-volume advertising from a screen right in front of your face; the advertising screens in office elevators; or that universally unloved invention known as ‘Taxi TV.’ These are just few examples in what is a growing category. Combined, they threaten to make us live life in a screen-lined cocoon.”


I was recently subjected to one of those target medical “channels” when I picked up a friend from a doctor’s office. Ugh.

I chose to wait outside and look at my own screen–and at the trees, the flowers, the sky, and the near-misses on the adjacent street.

The Pusher Men 0

A Poisonous Environment 0

Warning: Language; short promo at the end.

The Snaring Economy 0

The Guardian considers the ongoing (mis)management melodrama at Uber following the recent departure of the flack PR specialist who was supposed to fix it. A snippet (emphasis added):

Whetstone’s exit is just the latest in a string of several senior departures from the embattled company in recent weeks which include Uber’s second in command Jeff Jones, who left the company over what he described as disagreements with leadership.

But Whetstone’s job was arguably the most challenging of them all: public relations and policy for one of the most scandal-hit companies in America.

I think basically you have a Donald Trump-like situation at Uber,” said crisis management specialist Jonathan Bernstein. “It doesn’t matter what his communicators say, ultimately it’s about what Travis Kalanick says. It’s like the problem Sean Spicer has – no matter how much he tries to spin, his boss is going to say something on Twitter he doesn’t know about and he ends up looking like an idiot.”

The Pusher Men 0

Pap and his guest discuss how Big Pharma designs diseases in order to deal drugs.

If you watch American television in the early evening, you can see scores of commercials that illustrate this, as aging actors perform numerous outdoor activities in front of the green screen.

The Fire Next TIme 0

News of the vapid:

The Navy is banning electronic cigarettes and vaporizers from its aircraft, ships and submarines after receiving multiple reports of the devices’ batteries exploding, catching fire and injuring sailors, it announced Friday.

The malfunctioning devices have forced at least one aircraft to land, started fires on ships and left sailors with second-degree burns . The injuries have occurred when the devices were being used, charged or replaced, or when they came into inadvertent contact with metal objects, according to the Navy.

The story goes on to point out that the “Vaping” business association, which is not called “Nicotine Addiction Pays Big Bucks,” is protesting.

Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

Thom discusses the larger issues highlighted by United Airlines decision to beat the bejesus out of one of its customers and persuasively links them to Reaganomics.


This is . . . police violence as a dimension of a business plan.

Re-Accommodation Nation 0

Image One:  United Airlines flight attendant says,

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Benighted Airlines 0

Thom points out that the “rule” United Airlines cited to justify beating the bejesus out of one of their customers does not exist. “Deny boarding” is not the same thing as “removal from the plane.”

Fly the Fiendly Skies, Reprise 0

Meanwhile, Michael Hiltzik dissects United’s excuses. Here’s a bit from his piece:

United CEO Oscar Munoz then made things worse with a statement of Orwellian doublespeak. “This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United,” he said. “I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers,” whatever that means.


But Munoz, whose version of the episode appears to come from the playbook of how to dig oneself into an ever deeper hole, also undermined the argument that the flight was overbooked. He related that “after the flight was fully boarded,” gate agents “were approached by crewmembers that were told they needed to board the flight.” The implication is that the crew members heading to Louisville were late in arriving, that every passenger held a paid ticket and had been properly boarded, and that only belatedly did United decide to pull passengers off the plane to make room for the crew.

Video via SeattlePI.

Republicans and the Common Good 0

Two vultures labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

Everybody Must Get Fracked 0

Ryan’s Derp 0

There is nothing I can add to this.

A Case of Consumption 0

Lee Camp tees off on that recent Pepsi ad. (Warning: Language, and lots of it.)

At Psychology Today Blogs, Pamela D. Rutledge has a less profane take. A snippet:

The ad will not hurt Jenner. Much like Hilton’s sex tapes, when your goal is to maintain celebrity, any attention helps. The more clicks the better. Fans will rally to her defense.

For Pepsi, however, this has been a significant fail. Rather than pushing the edge of pop culture to show themselves youthful and “with it,” they have potentially alienated a younger generation known for having high levels of social concern.