Europe/Americas update: September 4-5 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA At the BRICS summit in China on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin said that Donald Trump is “not my bride.” This huge revelation was Putin’s way of saying he’s not disappointed with Trump because “disappointment” isn’t a thing that world leaders should be with one another. In that sense I actually agree with him. Putin… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 4-5 2017

They hate us because we’re assholes

In China and Iran, two countries that are even more enthusiastic about capital punishment than America, authorities sometimes pursue what’s called a “bullet fee.” Basically they try to bill the family of an executed person for the cost of the execution–plus, who knows, a little extra for overhead and expenses or whatever. Families don’t have… Continue reading They hate us because we’re assholes

Today’s Hero of the Free Market

It’s Turing Pharmaceuticals owner Martin Shkreli: Back when Martin Shkreli was CEO of Retrophin, he managed to grab a few headlines by buying an old rare-disease drug, Thiola, and raising the price 2000%. Now that he’s on to his next company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, he’s done himself one better, by buying another old drug and boosting… Continue reading Today’s Hero of the Free Market

They’re escaping a f***ing war, you walking pile of toxic sludge

I’m not a regular Bible reader, but some passages stuck with me from my days as a Good Catholic. Like this one, Matthew 6:5-6: 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be… Continue reading They’re escaping a f***ing war, you walking pile of toxic sludge

REMINDER: You can’t choose your family, even when you’re Bashar al-Assad

I assume most, if not all, of the people reading this have at least one cousin. Hell, technically we’re all cousins at some remove. My cousins are great, but I never see them, mostly because I am generally awful about seeing people I should see more often. Maybe your cousins are also great, or you… Continue reading REMINDER: You can’t choose your family, even when you’re Bashar al-Assad

Cosmic justice takes an oddly specific form

Here’s Hawaii State Representative Tom Brower (D): Rep. Brower is holding that there sledgehammer in that there photograph because he’s best known for using it to Make A Difference for Hawaii’s shockingly large homeless population: Armed with a sledgehammer and a self-righteous mission, State Rep. Tom Brower (D.) walks his district’s streets and parks looking… Continue reading Cosmic justice takes an oddly specific form

The Worst Person in America

I think you can make a strong case that it’s David M. King of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the named plaintiff in the King v. Burwell case that is giving the Supreme Court another bite at the “gut healthcare reform” apple. Why, you ask? Well, this is why: But Mr. King said that he was… Continue reading The Worst Person in America