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Richard Cohen proves male privilege just by continuing to have a job

I had no idea that Even The Liberal* Richard Cohen was still being published, but his latest column came to my attention and he sure hasn't gotten any better.

The mere existence of this column, and the fact that he's allowed to publish such poorly argued and poorly written trash, defeats his thesis. Imagine writing lines like "The many dead of our national cemeteries suggest otherwise" and not having an editor reject your entire piece. Let along front loading your piece with six fucking paragraphs disproving your main point thinking that you can then follow it up with a BUT! followed by a personal anecdote and think that you've made a coherent argument.

*Richard Cohen's function has always been to exist so that conservatives can say "even the liberal Richard Cohen hates affirmative action", "even the liberal Richard Cohen supports the Iraq War", etc..

By fnord12 | April 17, 2018, 2:18 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Why US?

Even if it turns out that the Iraqis did take the babies out of the incubators - oh sorry, i mean the Syrian government did use chemical weapons (this time), why does it mean that the US - or the US and a small coalition of western European countries - gets to bomb Syria? We have a United Nations. If we really have a case, take it to the UN, and if it's determined that an intervention is necessary, then we could join it under their banner.

I'm not talking about the procedural reason; i'm talking about the moral justification. (Also, i know the answer.)

By fnord12 | April 12, 2018, 1:59 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Get your act in order

DDay at the Intercept:

The trend of senators disclaiming their power began in the opening statements. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told Zuckerberg, "If you and other social media companies do not get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore." This is a ridiculous sentence for a government official to utter. It's not up to a social media company to govern privacy. It's up to Congress.

Reminds me of Clinton claiming she told Wall Street to "cut it out!".

By fnord12 | April 11, 2018, 12:02 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Hahahahahahaha -- what?!

The good news is that if there's any more erosion, we'll form a new Grand Canyon.

(The article itself is fine, but that subtitle blurb!)

By fnord12 | April 11, 2018, 11:07 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Thinking about this in the context of a Job Guarantee

Ryan Cooper on the continuing mess that is the ACA:

This kind of thing is what I mean when I wrote that the United States government is not good at complicated policies. Not only do we have to assume that such a thing will be overseen by unhinged lunatics roughly half the time, the liberal policy wonks who push this style of policy turn out to be lousy at building a Rube Goldberg machine that will actually do what it's supposed to. And one group of people paying a steep price for this failure are poor people in blue states.

By fnord12 | April 9, 2018, 4:50 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Put Down the Bottled Water, People

Every few years, the media discovers this like it's new. So every time they do that, i need to dust off my Tank Girl rant.

Flint, MI can't get clean water, but Nestle can get as much as they want for a song.


Last year, U.S. bottled water sales reached $16 billion, up nearly 10 percent from 2015, according to Beverage Marketing Corp. They outpaced soda sales for the first time as drinkers continue to seek convenience and healthier options and worry about the safety of tap water after the high-profile contamination in Flint, Mich., about a two-hour drive from Mecosta. Nestlé alone sold $7.7 billion worth worldwide, with more than $343 million of it coming from Michigan, where the company bottles Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water and Pure Life, its purified water line.

The Michigan operation is only one small part of Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company. But it illuminates how Nestlé has come to dominate a controversial industry, spring by spring, often going into economically depressed municipalities with the promise of jobs and new infrastructure in exchange for tax breaks and access to a resource that's scarce for millions. Where Nestlé encounters grass-roots resistance against its industrial-strength guzzling, it deploys lawyers; where it's welcome, it can push the limits of that hospitality, sometimes with the acquiescence of state and local governments that are too cash-strapped or inept to say no. There are the usual costs of doing business, including transportation, infrastructure, and salaries. But Nestlé pays little for the product it bottles--sometimes a municipal rate and other times just a nominal extraction fee. In Michigan, it's $200.

You've seen/read Tank Girl, right? We all know how this ends.

The United Nations expects that 1.8 billion people will live in places with dire water shortages by 2025, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under stressed water conditions. Supply may be compromised in the U.S., too. A recent Michigan State University study predicts that more than a third of Americans might not be able to afford their water bills in five years, with costs expected to triple as World War II-era construction breaks down.
Nestlé has been preparing for shortages for decades. The company's former chief executive officer, Helmut Maucher, said in a 1994 interview with the New York Times: "Springs are like petroleum. You can always build a chocolate factory. But springs you have or you don't have." His successor, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who retired recently after 21 years in charge, drew criticism for encouraging the commodification of water in a 2005 documentary, saying: "One perspective held by various NGOs--which I would call extreme--is that water should be declared a human right. ... The other view is that water is a grocery product. And just as every other product, it should have a market value." Public outrage ensued. Brabeck-Letmathe says his comments were taken out of context and that water is a human right. He later proposed that people should have free access to 30 liters per day, paying only for additional use.

Stop buying bottled water. Stop supporting these psychopaths who think water shouldn't be a human right. Get a water filter if you have to, but ultimately, we must fight to get our infrastructure repaired and maintained. We must fight to improve water quality standards, not rely on out-of-date standards and water treatment techniques that don't factor in new contaminants (e.g. anti-psychotic medication and birth control).

By min | April 5, 2018, 10:23 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

"Restrictive supply-side climate policies"

The nerds have signed on to the concept of shutting down pipelines as a means of fighting climate change. If only the Water Protectors of Standing Rock had had created a bunch of fancy acronyms and charts back during the Obama administration.

By fnord12 | April 3, 2018, 8:33 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

The NeoLibrul Media

As soon as i saw Corey Robin's headline, i said "Because they're happening in red states while Trump is president", and that's basically what Robin concludes.

I'm still glad that the strikes are happening and getting support!

By fnord12 | April 3, 2018, 2:31 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Job Guarantee FAQ

JG proponent Pavlina Tcherneva has a comprehensive FAQ addressing (not necessarily conclusively) some of the issues brought up in my previous posts on the subject. As i've said before, i think it's great that this (vs. UBI or otherwise) is being seriously discussed (and endorsed by several probable Democratic presidential candidates, etc.). Probably seems like fantasyland to most people.

By fnord12 | April 3, 2018, 1:46 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

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