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Wages Are Up, But Will They Stay Up?

Wages Are Up, But Will They Stay Up?

Still bored. My Twitter mentions are a cesspool right now. The white nationalists are out in force this evening for some reason. Anyway, here is year-over-year growth in wages for blue-collar workers
We’re Still Waiting for the Capital Spending Boom

We’re Still Waiting for the Capital Spending Boom

I don’t have any good reason for posting this, but I’m bored and wanted to remind everyone of how corporate America is responding to the Republican tax cut that was supposed to supercharge capital

Judge Bars Roger Stone From Social Media

A federal judge banned Roger Stone from using popular social media platforms after finding he had repeatedly violated her order barring him from publicly commenting on the case against him, but she

Go Forth and Nutpick No More

Vox reporter Jane Coaston is trying to turn over a new leaf: So, in other news, something I am working on is avoiding “nutpicking” — finding the most bananas example of a certain group and

“What’s Your Ethnicity?” Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump With Shocking Question to Reporter

More than two days after President Donald Trump published a thread of incendiary and racist tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to the “crime-infested” “countries” “from

Trump Insists His Racist Tweets Were “NOT Racist”

President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again defended his racist weekend tweets targeting four Congresswomen of color, this time insisting that he doesn’t “have a Racist bone” and accusing the

“This Is Outrageous”: Elizabeth Warren Unloads on Trump’s Pentagon Nominee

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tore into Mark Esper, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Pentagon, during a series of heated questions at Esper’s confirmation hearing Tuesday morning. Esper

The Ahwanee Hotel Lives!

Here’s some good news to take the taste of Trump out of your mouth. The dreadful new names plastered on the hotels and villages of Yosemite National Park a few years ago are finally being removed and
A Couple of Things About Busing

A Couple of Things About Busing

It’s not really worth writing very much about the whole Harris-Biden busing hoo-ha. Forced busing for purposes of addressing discrimination is 50 years in the past and no one seriously thinks it’s
“This Country Is Worse Than Cuba”: The Trump Era’s Cruel Reality for Cuban Asylum Seekers

“This Country Is Worse Than Cuba”: The Trump Era’s Cruel Reality for Cuban Asylum Seekers

Sitting in her living room in Hialeah, Florida, Midalis Rodriguez said something I hadn’t expected to hear in America’s most overwhelmingly Cuban city: “This country is worse than Cuba.” In 2016,
The US Government Has Done “Almost Nothing” to Stop Cyber Attacks

The US Government Has Done “Almost Nothing” to Stop Cyber Attacks

In 2004, as he sat before the commission investigating the 9/11 attacks, Richard Clarke famously declared, “Your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you, and I failed

Trump Wants to End Asylum at the Border—and Quickly Deport Migrants to the Countries They’re Fleeing

The Trump administration is about to make it much more difficult for migrants to seek asylum in the United States, announcing a new policy Monday that would drastically change asylum policies as we

The Pentagon’s Chain of Command Is—in Military Parlance—FUBAR

When retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis stepped down as secretary of defense in December, he promised to “ensure stability within the Department” by remaining in his post until the end of
Liberals Need to Be Lincolnesque In Our Latest Race War

Liberals Need to Be Lincolnesque In Our Latest Race War

Seven years ago I wrote a piece for Democracy about where political trends would take us by 2024. Here’s one bit: Trend #5: The Republican Party will continue to become ever more dependent on the

CNN Kinda Sorta Implies That Julian Assange Was a Russian Agent

CNN has a big story today about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his seven years spent living in the Ecuadorian embassy. Apparently the Ecuadorians became suspicious of Assange fairly quickly and
The Rent Is Too Damn High (For the Very Poor)

The Rent Is Too Damn High (For the Very Poor)

More housing charts! I came across these while reading about the shortage of starter homes, and they were interesting in different ways. First up is a chart from Bloomberg that shows total rent as a

“This is the Agenda of White Nationalists”: The Squad Condemns Trump’s Racist Remarks

The four progressive women of color targeted in President Donald Trump’s racist Twitter diatribe fought back on Monday afternoon by urging their supporters to stay focused on more important issues.
Health Update

Health Update

I don’t have much to report this month. I’ve restarted the Evil Dex, but the first dose was only four days ago. Tonight I start the Pomalyst. My M-protein level was stable since last month, which is
Lunchtime Photo

Lunchtime Photo

A hazy shade of winter? No, just a foggy spring morning along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This was taken about halfway between Blowing Rock and Price Lake.

Trump Stages Full-Blown, Racist Meltdown at “Made in America” Event

President Donald Trump on Monday further escalated his racist attacks against four Democratic congresswomen of color who have been sharply critical of his presidency by telling the freshmen lawmakers