“For the right amount of money, you’re willing to eat Alpo.”
–Reggie Jackson, quoted in The Sporting News, February 1, 1988
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(from The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations)
With one of the most painful years in memory behind us, and an upcoming year that seems certain to be worse, it’s time to imagine a better world:
I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. Donald Trump has already begun to betray the people who elected him, both the racist wingnuts and those driven by economic despair.
He’s recently indicated that he won’t build a wall along the entire Mexican border (an impossibility because, among other things, the Tohono O’odhams down here in Pima County won’t let him do it on their nation–their lands extend on both sides of the border), and he’s also indicated that he’ll try to reach an accommodation with the “dreamers,” non-citizens who were brought here as children, rather than deport them en masse.
As for the people devastated by deindustrialization and the recession, Trump has raised his middle finger in salute, appointing a former Goldman Sachs executive as his Secretary of the Treasury and another as head of the National Economic Council (NEC). Revealingly, Gary Cohn, the NEC appointee, was a Hillary Clinton donor. That’s not all that surprising given that Trump is surrounding himself with Clinton backers and members of Clinton’s economic team.
And all this after he slammed Hillary Clinton for taking a $5000-a-minute speaking fee from Goldman Sachs. (Nice “work” if you can get it.)
Beyond that, Trump just appointed as Secretary of Labor a fast food exec, Andrew Puzder (yes, a real name), whose firms have been accused of wage theft and who thinks the minimum wage is too high. (Reportedly, Puzder will advocate for a system of agricultural settlements in which displaced workers will work in exchange for food they raise themselves and cabins they themselves build, under the guidance of kindly overseers.)
Those who voted for Trump hoping for economic improvement in their lives are in for some rude shocks.
“It’s a land lacking in meaningful structural reform of the financial system, a place where the big banks have been, and will continue to be, coddled by the government. No CEO will be jailed, no matter how large the fines his bank is saddled with or how widespread the crimes it committed. Instead, he’s likely to be invited to the inaugural ball in January. Because its practices have not been adequately controlled or curtailed, the inherent risk that Wall Street poses for Main Street will only grow as bankers continue to use our money to make their bets. In Hillary’s America, Wall Street will still own Main Street.”
It’s been quite a while since we did one of these posts, so here ’tis — the best of the Internet: the sick, the perverse, and the marginally useful. (We’ll cover the sickest, most perverse, and utterly useless very shortly in yet another Religion Roundup.) Anyway, here goes:
Watch for the upcoming Religion Roundup. We’ve found some really choice items.
We put up our 1,000th post a little over a week ago. We’re now looking through everything we’ve posted, and are putting up “best of” lists in our most popular categories.
This is the sixth of our first-1,000 “best of” lists. We’ve already posted the Science Fiction, Humor, Music, Interviews, and Addictions lists, and will shortly be putting up other “best ofs” in several other categories, including Anarchism, Atheism, Politics, Religion, Science, and Skepticism.
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