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 …

No, Virginia, Tax Giveaways To The 1 % Don’t Work

In Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Free Markets Solve Everything, Fuck The Middle-Class, Fuck The Poor, Republican Venality, Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You by Tom Levenson

Just a check in on the astonishing economy building super duper special magical powers of GOP TAX CUT POTIONâ„¢. Spoiler: it works just as well as the utter, don’t-let-the-pointy-heads-at-the-FDA-f**k-up-a-good-thing  quackery Orrin Hatch has spent so long protecting. The latest by Dean Baker: The ostensible rationale for the big cut in the corporate tax rate that was at the center of the tax cut is that it will lead to a flood of new investment. Since the outlines of the tax cut had been known since September, businesses had plenty of …

We Can Always Use Some Bitter, Cynical, Gallows Humor, So Here’s A Kudlow Post

In C.R.E.A.M., Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Fables Of The Reconstruction, Free Markets Solve Everything, Fuck The Middle-Class, Fuck The Poor, Glibertarianism, Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You, Tax Policy, The Money Party, The Party of Fiscal Responsibility by Tom Levenson

Larry Kudlow is the pure distilled essence of a Trump appointment, the type specimen of the breed, and the perfect expression of the state of Republican “thinking” on not just economics, but any matter in which actual knowledge and a respect for empiricism might help. Via Wikipedia, we find he is barely educated, at best, in the fields in which he now works: Kudlow graduated from University of Rochester in Rochester, New York with a degree in history in 1969. Known as “Kuddles” to friends, he was a star on the tennis team and a …

Facebook Is The Devil

In Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You by foucault swing voter mistermix

There are easy ways to fight this. Disinformation is ineffective against a well educated citizenry. Finland, Sweden and Holland have all taught digital literacy and critical thinking about misinformation to great effect. https://t.co/V0JNvW083W — Rob Goldman (@robjective) February 17, 2018 Josh Marshall has a good piece on Facebook VP of Advertising Rob Goldman’s earlier disingenuous tweets about the way Russians played Facebook like a fiddle to elect Trump, so I won’t rehash that. But the later tweets embedded above are such classic Silicon Valley bullshit – “my company fucked up …

Browser Outrage Dump

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Ammosexuals, Climate Change, Decline and Fall, Energy Policy, Environmental Rights Are Human Rights, Free Markets Solve Everything, Gun nuts, Nobody could have predicted, Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You, World's Best Healthcare (If You Can Afford It) by Tom Levenson

Time for another thread, I’d say, and I don’t have the functioning synapses to come up with anything new to say about the moral and intellectual crater that is both the Republican Party and the right’s public intellection bunch. (Did you know that Ron Johnson’s mug is being considered as the “After” portrait in the upcoming “Don’t Eat Tide Pods” campaign? Or that Rod Dreher’s thought leading crunchy conservative Christianity is racist to its root?) So here I’m just going to lock and load some stuff I’ve kept open in …

Open Thread: The 2017 Bitcoin Adventure

In C.R.E.A.M., Clap Louder!, Open Thread, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All, Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You by Anne Laurie

(Drew Sheneman via GoComics.com) . Bitcoin plunges 25% in 24 hours in cryptocurrency market rout https://t.co/pYipLSJxNC via @WSJ — David Wessel (@davidmwessel) December 22, 2017 Whoa bitcoin. Down and to the right. Down nearly 50 percent from its peak and still falling — Farhad Manjoo (feat. Drake) (@fmanjoo) December 22, 2017 But… but… BLOCKCHAIN!!! https://t.co/JNx0ZJazrG — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) December 22, 2017 Bitcoin prices climbed back above the $15,000 mark Saturday following a steep decline Friday when the cryptocurrency shed about a third of its value. Bitcoin, which is …

They’re Still Coming for Your Retirement

In Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You by John Cole

Mitch Ohnstad: “Why do you rob banks?” Willie Sutton: “Because that’s where the money is.” After the Republicans last night voted to gut the law allowing you to sue the banks and the credit card companies (yes, pedants you technically can still sue, but what individual can take on Wells Fargo without a class action suit?), I am absolutely convinced this will happen: Republican tax writers on Capitol Hill are still considering changes to 401(k) retirement savings programs, downplaying President Donald Trump’s repeated pledges not to touch retirement accounts popular …

Good Read: Happy Nice (No, Really!) PR Relief Story

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Excellent Links, Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You by Anne Laurie

This story is amazing. New Jersey doomsday prepper about to lose his house donates all his supplies to Puerto Rico: https://t.co/93llyQLh2c — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 30, 2017 Look for the helpers, as Mr. Rogers would tell us. Rebecca Everett, for NJ.com: … Joseph Badame, 74, has spent most of his life building and outfitting his home and outbuildings for the day when, he believes, an economic collapse will make it all necessary for survival… Badame is an educated, intelligent, mild-mannered architect who is involved in his church, among other …

Labor Day Monday Open Thread

In Bring On The Meteor, Open Thread, Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You by Anne Laurie

(Signe Wilkinson via GoComics.com) . I have reached the inevitable point during our vacation when I swear to all the gods that, if only we can reach home without disaster, I AM NEVER LEAVING AGAIN. Apart from that, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the holiday weekend? . Exclusive: In the letter Obama left for Trump on Inauguration Day, he lays out four points of advice. Read it here: https://t.co/8tuVvomX1Z pic.twitter.com/7cVUmnxHXF — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 3, 2017

So Step Away With Your Fist Fight Ways

In Democratic Stupidity, Dolt 45, Free Markets Solve Everything, Fuck The Middle-Class, Fuck The Poor, Manic Progressive, Show Us on the Doll Where the Invisible Hand Touched You by John Cole

This ain’t back in the day: Many Americans can’t remember anything other than an economy with skyrocketing inequality, in which living standards for most Americans are stagnating and the rich are pulling away. It feels inevitable. But it’s not. A well-known team of inequality researchers — Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman — has been getting some attention recently for a chart it produced. It shows the change in income between 1980 and 2014 for every point on the distribution, and it neatly summarizes the recent soaring of inequality. …