FRIEND: Nice old house. Is it haunted?
FRIEND: Really? By who?
WIFE: [from kitchen] YOU LOADED THE DISHWASHER WRONG.
ME: The ghost of my mother.
— Uncle Duke (@UncleDuke1969) March 7, 2018
Uncle Joe’s platform: “Biden offers true back-to-basics economic populism…. focused on workers and students rather than the poorest of the poor, and careful to avoid any hint of middle-class tax hikes or racial divisiveness.”
Why can Mel Brooks make jokes about Nazis and make it work? Vlogger Lindsay Ellis connects Mel Brooks’ career of making jokes about the Nazis with real Nazis, “Judgment at Nurenberg,” “Dr. Strangelove,” the alt-right, and more.
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Three new books explain why inequality isn’t sending us to the barricades: When our personal finances take a downturn — or even a catastrophe — Americans don’t blame the system. We blame ourselves.
More creepy elf cataloggery at the link.
Ghost story: People are no-shows for job interviews and for their first day on the job. People are leaving their jobs without quitting — they just stop showing up.
Journalist Mark Pupo took a job doing marketing at a tech startup, and realized it was a bad idea.: “I don’t miss the rowing competitions, the beanbag meetings, wearing the team T-shirts or pushing the beer cart.”
Matt Taibbi says yellow vest protests defy easy narratives. They’re rioting against “centrism” and crossing boundaries of left and right.
“Centrism” is another word for government by and for rich people.
Over and over, a daft political class paternalistically implements changes more to the benefit of donors than voters, then repeatedly is baffled when they prove unpopular.
See: NAFTA, the creation of the WTO and GATT, deregulation of the banking sector, multiple unnecessary wars, tax holidays and other corporate subsidies like bans on drug re-importation, mass construction of prisons during an era of sharply declining crime (coupled with broad non-enforcement of white-collar offenses), and so on.” …
These dolts don’t seem to get that a gasbag like Trump only became a plausible political choice after decades of false promises and misgovernment….
Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, says it was a cover for a military mission to recover two sunken nuclear subs. Holy crap!
On MSNBC, @DonnyDeutsch gets it exactly right on Trump.
This is what will bring him down, and why it is entirely inevitable at this point. pic.twitter.com/J0YuMHBYbc
— Dave Pell (@davepell) December 12, 2018
This is what will destroy Donald Trump and his family. Not Russia, not the women, not his campaign finance. His real-estate business has been a shady, criminal enterprise for 30 years and plenty of people in New York know it.
And those of us who didn’t know it … knew it. Trump has been a figure on the New York gossip pages for nearly 40 years, and from the beginning everybody knew he was dirty. You might find him entertaining — you might even like him and admire his chutzpah — but you wouldn’t want to do business with him, because you knew he’d rip you off.
Cheryl Crane is a retired real estate broker and writer. She married her partner of 40 years, Joyce LeRoy, in 2014. Crane is most famous for something she did as a teen-anger. Crane killed her mother’s abusive lover to protect her mother. Crane’s mother was Lana Turner and the lover was small-time gangster Johnny Stompanato.