Protest this

As I write this, we’re a bit under 20 hours away from handing the executive branch of the United States government over to Donald Trump, a sentient bag of flatulence and grievance that has managed to masquerade as something approximating a human being for over 70 years. He is probably the least popular president-elect in… Continue reading Protest this

More than one way to skin a very crooked cat

Here’s a little tip from the Republican Party for all you little people out there: make your own world. Don’t rely on others to get the job done for you. Only you can control your destiny. It’s on your shoulders. That’s the American way. For example, if you are having a problem adhering to basic… Continue reading More than one way to skin a very crooked cat

The best stupidity money can buy

You have to wonder whether the guy who recently wrote this: Why shouldn’t the president surround himself with successful people? Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption. Their business success demonstrates that they know how to achieve goals and convince skeptics that good deals can be made to the benefit of… Continue reading The best stupidity money can buy

Cause of death: late-stage capitalism

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2015 average life expectancy in the United States dropped, from 78.9 years to 78.8 years, the first time that’s happened since 1993. We know that the drop in 1993 had a few particular causes (AIDS and high homicide and accidental death rates, for example), and while… Continue reading Cause of death: late-stage capitalism

Worst roller coaster ever

If you’re the kind of person who pays attention to oil prices, then first of all I share your pain and alienation, but second of all, you may have noticed that it’s been doing a lot of rising and falling lately around a midpoint of about $48-$49/barrel. We seem to be in the middle of… Continue reading Worst roller coaster ever

Oil price ping-pong

Don’t look now, but oil prices are starting to rise again. After bottoming out around $26/barrel in late-January, they’ve come back up into the $50/barrel neighborhood in recent days. There are several reasons, but they all come back to basic economics: supply is down and demand is up. The latter is relatively simple: cheap oil… Continue reading Oil price ping-pong