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CSotD: With the Fringe in the Driver’s Seat
On the Fastrack (KFS) took a detour past week from workplace politics to the larger type as Dethany’s army mom arrived by to warn her about currently being tracked on her telephone. The story arc commences right here, with Dethany deleting details, but then her mom reminds her that just acquiring rid of the evident “tells” will not keep you secure from decided snoopers.
Dethany is commonly the epitome of a hip young digital indigenous, but, in this situation, severe aged-university Mom is extra in tune with items on this degree of the digital planet, as well she may be. She’s superior more than enough up the chain of command to know what is attainable, even if she’s not one particular of the individuals carrying out it.
I’m not a massive supporter of cellphones in the initially area, undertaking my get the job done on a desktop and only getting the phone with me actually “in situation of unexpected emergency,” but, as a male, I don’t care if you track me.
Having said that, if I were a girl, I’d leave the thing driving when I went to a doctor or to any location inside of two blocks of a Prepared Parenthood workplace.
I could even shell out income for particular objects at Walgreen’s, if I could get the self-righteous Puritan behind the counter to wait on me at all.
And talking of self-righteous Puritans, Jennifer Rubin listened to from a whole lot of them in excess of this tweet, plenty of whom propose condoms or celibacy — since condoms in no way fall short and nobody has at any time been raped — even though some others chimed in to convey to her it’s “Indiana College,” since of training course they did.
She also acquired a excellent offer of support in gentle of Indiana’s harsh new forced-start legislation, but she guaranteed took some hits.
Democrats would do perfectly to campaign on the concern of choice, but you’re fooling yourself if you think there are not a ton of persons out there eager to burn up witches and stone adultresses.
Juxtaposition of the Day
Even with my diligently curated Twitter and Fb feeds, I have not been equipped to prevent shorter video clips from the CPAC Convention, which, back again in 2013, was described by Steve Schmidt thusly:
Seem, this CPAC convention is ever more the Star Wars bar scene of the conservative motion. I necessarily mean all that’s missing at that conference is a pair of Wookiees.
The analogy was a good deal funnier back when CPAC was just a gathering of outrageous screwballs, but Deering illustrates how the lunatic fringe proceeds to be lunatics but is no extended just a fringe. And, nevertheless screwy and immune to details and logic they may be, it has also been noticed that, “A clown with a flamethrower still has a flamethrower.”
Kallaugher notes that, though they hosted and cheered Hungarian strongman Victor Orbon, they continue to had time to listen to from their hero, who embodies their paranoia, their racism and their longings for a dictatorship.
As Telnaes details out, he is not bringing anything new to the recreation, but as the tune goes, “It’s the identical previous song, but with a diverse sensation because you’ve been long gone.”
Meanwhile, some impressed patriot in Albuquerque is murdering Muslims.
Michael Ramirez (Creators) indicates that perhaps the Republicans ought to set up candidates who aren’t evident raving loonies, but he may well be a small late, as so many of the primaries have been determined, and Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-quit-F’tang-F’tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel and his cohorts are presently ensconced on the GOP side of the ballot.
We can take coronary heart from the Kansas referendum, but people folks aren’t likely to appear vote in other states. Turnout and enthusiasm will subject.
Due to the fact recall: In the sketch, the candidate of the Silly Bash gained.
(If you’re maintaining score, that is two Monty Python references nowadays, neither of which is amusing when performed out in actual everyday living.)
Juxtaposition of the Working day #2
(Gary Varvel — Creators)
Gary Varvel trots out a venerable gag line ordinarily used by somebody campaigning for a rise in the minimal wage, though I assume he’s only employing it to attack Biden and the most current employment report.
I could be mistaken. Maybe he’s riffing on the disconnect concerning housing fees and what individuals get paid in crappy jobs.
Here’s a fast glimpse, and you can delve into a lot more detail, which includes an interactive and more in-depth map, at this website link. It’s quite depressing, especially due to the fact, for a ton of us, it doesn’t occur as information, simply as confirmation.
There are “Now Hiring” symptoms on each and every corner in our minor metropolis, and no one dares shell out the $7.50 minimal wage New Hampshire clings to. Then all over again, no person is spending burger-flippers and retailer clerks the $26.29 an hour this map implies they’d need to have to continue to keep their rent in the 30-percent-of-gross focus on.
As Joel Pett factors out, desperate companies are inclined to test to make your life a lot more enjoyable, but only to the extent it doesn’t intrude on their possess. At the second, both Starbucks and Chipotle are closing down shops that just materialize to be unionized or in the approach of unionization.
This graph from the Govt Accounting Business is admittedly from February, 2021, but absent some astonishing update, I’m presenting it as a refutation of the plan that people today on relief are lazy bums: At that time, 70 % of help-recipients were working a whole-time routine. I doubt it is adjusted significantly.
Which switches the subject to “Corporate Welfare,” considering that it indicates the federal government is supplementing the pay back that these private businesses provide.
It’s an intriguing variation on the recent anti-Biden cry that the new Inflation Reduction Act raises “indirect taxes” on the middleclass mainly because greater taxes on extra fat cats will be passed alongside in higher selling prices to buyers.
I assume it’s appalling that a burger, fries and drink is now $10 or additional, but it’s a voluntary order. If it goes up, I’ll nevertheless be in a position to make a decision if I want to spend it.
Nobody’s at any time requested me if I’d like to pay out a minimal added in taxes so that the chain dining places and merchants can spend their workers significantly less.
However there is this vibrant location: If these staff have a diabetic baby and remain on Medicaid, they’ll be able to afford to pay for insulin. If they get wellness insurance coverage by way of their employer, the GOP has blocked the try to cap that charge for them.