NO MORE BAILOUTS

In Free Markets Solve Everything, Go Fuck Yourself by John Cole

Someone get Rick Santelli on the fucking horn: The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday plans to announce a $12 billion package of emergency aid for farmers caught in the midst of President Trump’s escalating trade war, two people briefed on the plan said, the latest sign that growing tensions between the United States and other countries will not end soon. You ask me, this is thousands of times worse than bailing people out with their mortgages (which never happened anyway because all the fucking money went to the banks- the …

Enterprise Rental Car Can Eat a Salted Bag of Dicks and I Hope They Choke on Them and They Leave a Bad Aftertaste

In Free Markets Solve Everything, Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You, Sociopaths by John Cole

I just spent 13 hours driving to Dobson, North Carolina and then back. Why, you ask? Because Enterprise Rental Cars is a bunch of parasitic motherfuckers who should spend eternity tossing Satan’s salad. Last night, on the way home from Florida after their vacation, Gerald, Landrea, and the kids hit a coyote around there, and it rammed the radiator into the engine and basically killed the car. It could still move, but Gerald knows a thing or two about cars and knew it should not be driven more or it …

By Their Works Shall Ye Know Them

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Assholes, Bitter Despair is the New Black, domestic terrorists, Environmental Rights Are Human Rights, Free Markets Solve Everything, Grifters Gonna Grift, Sociopaths by Tom Levenson

With Trump and his Trumpkins — aka the entire Republican power structure — the extremes of grotesque behavior serve a purpose: in the disgust they evoke, they distract us from the point of the whole exercise.  That would be, of course, extracting as much cash as possible through the exercise of arbitrary power. Today’s example — actually, now about a week old — comes from griftmonger supreme Scott Pruitt.  All the grandiose corruption, stiffing aids for hotel rooms, buying a Maxwell Smart cone of silence, unobtanium-infused skin cream and the …

Kids are expensive

In Because of wow., Foam Finger Nation, Free Markets Solve Everything, Fuck The Middle-Class, Fuck The Poor by David Anderson

This is not a health policy post, just an observation from my life. The New York Times reported that fertility rates are declining in America. Americans are having fewer babies. At first, researchers thought the declining fertility rate was because of the recession, but it kept falling even as the economy recovered. Now it has reached a record low for the second consecutive year. Because the fertility rate subtly shapes many major issues of the day — including immigration, education, housing, the labor supply, the social safety net and support …

[Facepalm] Adventures Open Thread: “Fair & Reciprocal Trade”

In All Too Normal, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Free Markets Solve Everything, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Folks, I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that the Fair and Reciprocal Trade Act is foul, but mostly hot air. https://t.co/uQ0mtmcEB4 — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 2, 2018 Of course, we know Trump doesn’t believe any transaction can be both “fair” and “reciprocal” — in Donny Dollhand’s tiny mind, either he’s winning or he’ll make everybody lose. Right now, I’m 50/50 on whether the acronym was invented by some cultist minion who figured the most important thing was to Pwn Tha Libs… or by a shell-shocked …

Interesting Read: “Instagram’s Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy”

In C.R.E.A.M., Excellent Links, Free Markets Solve Everything, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All, Travel by Anne Laurie

Back in 1974, Alice Sheldon (aka ‘James Tiptree, Jr.’) won a Hugo for “The Girl Who Was Plugged In“, a dystopian narrative about an ugly, ghetto-trapped teenager given an opportunity to join the media celebrities she idolizes. All she has to do is agree to risky experimental surgery that will allow her to pilot a gorgeous, brain-pithed android-drone who can maximize product placement in a world where ‘advertising’ is banned. Her reaction? Show me the fire I have to walk through. That was the story that convinced me Tiptree-the-author must …

Purdue Pharma and the Justice Department Knew About Oxycontin in 2006

In Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Free Markets Solve Everything, Meth Laboratories of Democracy, Open Thread by Cheryl Rofer

Purdue Pharma knew the dangers that Oxycontin presented, and so did the Justice Department, as early as 2006. But the George W. Bush Justice Department decided not to prosecute. Based on their findings after a four-year investigation, [federal] prosecutors recommended that three top Purdue Pharma executives be indicted on felony charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, that could have sent the men to prison if convicted. But top Justice Department officials in the George W. Bush administration did not support the move, said four lawyers who took part …

Republicans Don’t Actually Believe in Anything, Free Market Edition

In Free Markets Solve Everything by John Cole

Except tax cuts and hating the poor and minorities, that is: Trump administration officials are making plans to order grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal and nuclear plants in an effort to extend their life, a move that could represent an unprecedented intervention into U.S. energy markets. The Energy Department would exercise emergency authority under a pair of federal laws to direct the operators to purchase electricity or electric generation capacity from at-risk facilities, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News. The agency also is making plans …

The Theranos Con

In Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Free Markets Solve Everything, General Stupidity, hoocoodanode, Open Thread by Cheryl Rofer

I’ve been following the Theranos story. From the first I heard about their objective to do hundreds of analyses from less than a cc of blood, I was doubtful. There are basic and fundamental reasons that more blood might be required for an analysis. Many analyses are to find extremely small quantities of hard to distinguish molecules. Those two qualities together mean that you need a large quantity of the medium in which you are trying to find them – in this case, blood. Theranos would have had to find …

Emerging GOP Argument Open Thread: Everyone Is Guilty, So Nobody Is Responsible!

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Free Markets Solve Everything, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

NEW – One of the corporations that paid into Cohen’s shell company tells me that Cohen "was promising access to Trump and members of the administration, positioning himself as a lobbyist” https://t.co/TZatPmIFoT — Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) May 9, 2018 "Everyone was hiring ‘Trump whisperers’ in 2017 — every single hanger-on in the Trump orbit made a fortune in 2017 … And not necessarily to influence them, just to try to figure out who are the right people to talk to.” https://t.co/t0S5iE38a0 — Ben White (@morningmoneyben) May 10, 2018 Truly remarkable …

IOKIYAR Open Thread: Mick Mulvaney, All-Too-Honest Grifter

In C.R.E.A.M., Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Free Markets Solve Everything, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

Yesterday: Trump likely to end public access to a web portal that lets hundreds of thousands of consumers each year file complaints against financial companies. “I don’t see anything in here that says I have to run a Yelp for financial services,” CFPB’s Mulvaney says https://t.co/XPiq07Exby — Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) April 24, 2018   Also yesterday: Mick Mulvaney re his time in Congress “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.” …