Too Venal for Words category archive
I can’t say I’m a Sasha Baron Cohen fan. I may have seen one of his clips back in the Borat days, and I don’t subscribe to any “premium” television channels. Indeed, I think “premium television” is ipso facto an oxymoron.
Nevertheless, I’m somewhat awed by the deep vein of white-wing stupid he has managed to tap into.
The Raleigh News and Observer reports that Rufus Edmisten, who served on the staff of the Watergate Committee, hears a familiar ring in contemporary events. A snippet:
The parallels between then and now are striking: a break in at the Democratic National Committee, hush payments, secret tape recordings and an investigating Senate committee led by the senior senator from North Carolina. But Edmisten thinks the investigation into possible collusion with the Russians by the Trump campaign could trump the historic 1970s scandal.
“I think they’re trying to outdo Watergate,” he said of President Trump’s advisers and associates and the president himself. . . .
“If some of the people around Trump would read the Nixon-Watergate playbook, they wouldn’t be doing this foolishness. Instead they are expanding on it,” he said.
Do please read the rest.
The Trump administration has created a predators’ paradise by ripping children from their parents and putting them on the counters of old Walmarts.
In related news, Elie Mystal comments on Trump’s “space force” idea. A snippet:
Image via Job’s Anger.
Josh Marshall thinks he has figured out the “White House Gift Shop,” recently in the news in relation to the Trumpled North Korean summit “commemorative coin.”* A snippet:
Thanks to a number of emailers but particularly TPM Reader JB, I think I now have the answer. There was once an actual ‘White House Gift Shop’ in the basement of the Old Executive Office Building. But the current ‘The White House Gift Shop’ is a private for profit company which has no connection to the White House or the Secret Service or any other government entity, despite that fact that it seems to go to some lengths to give the impression that it does.
*AFAIC, the coin mostly commemorated hideous in design.
Jay Bookman marvels at the corporations who quite willingly helped fund Michael Cohen for no discernible reason. A snippet:
Pharmaceutical giant Novartis now acknowledges that it paid $1.2 million in carefully structured payments to Trump fixer Michael Cohen, allegedly for Cohen’s expertise on “U.S. health-care policy matters.”
That’s odd. Beyond financing the occasional abortion for girlfriends of GOP bigwigs, Cohen has no discernible expertise on “U.S. health-care policy matters.” Nor has he ever registered as a lobbyist. For its part, Novartis is so comfortable and proud of its just-uncovered association with Cohen and his company, Essential Consultants, that it quickly moved to distance current management from the deal.
Follow the link for more.
In the more stuff you can’t make up file, cops in Illinois threaten to euthanize their drug-sniffing dogs if Illinois legalizes marijuana. Elie Mystal comments.
That’s the sound of the broom sweeping sexist pigs out the door at Nike. A nugget:
While the #MeToo movement has led to the downfall of individual men, the kind of sweeping overhaul that is occurring at Nike is rare in the corporate world, and illustrates how internal pressure from employees is forcing even huge companies to quickly address workplace problems.
As women — and men — continue to come forward with complaints, Nike has begun a comprehensive review of its human-resources operations, making management training mandatory and revising many of its internal reporting procedures.
Nowhere that I ever worked did I witness conduct like that described in the article.
Writing at Psychology Today Blogs, Susan Krauss Whitbourne describes how Facebook profiled its
users victims. Here’s a bit of the article:
As part of the expose now coming to light, one study, in particular, has not received a great deal of attention, but in some ways is even more ominous than the Cambridge Analytica story alone. In 2015, Kogan published a scientific article (link is external) with collaborators from well-respected academic institutions as well as his company, and Facebook researchers, in which the claim was made that people of higher social status have fewer international friends. The underlying theory was that people with greater wealth and power don’t need to affiliate with people who aren’t like them; i.e., people from other nations. The authors didn’t seem to think that using data from millions of Facebook data, without their awareness, would constitute an ethical violation. See what you think after reading the details of this paper.