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

If an Ebola vaccine were as profitable as erection pills, we’d already have one

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is easily the deadliest outbreak in the disease’s known* history, having infected a suspected 1323 people and having killed 729 of them. Since it began in Guinea in February, this outbreak has caused Liberia to close its borders, caused Nigeria to begin screening passengers on incoming flights, caused… Continue reading If an Ebola vaccine were as profitable as erection pills, we’d already have one

You have the power (and also a free pizza and soda)

Chevron blew up a couple fracking wells near Bobtown, PA, a week ago, which left one worker presumed dead and gifted the town with natural gas leaking into the air and a soon-to-be heavily contaminated groundwater supply. So they did what any responsible corporation would do, and offered the residents of Bobtown a gift certificate… Continue reading You have the power (and also a free pizza and soda)

Today in peons oppressing the wealthy

Forbes magazine has long been on the front lines of the daily struggle for US American millionaires and billionaires to escape their near-constant brutalization at the hands of minimum wage workers, welfare recipients, and the poor in general. But recently they’ve scored two direct hits in the war for (billionaire) equality. Most recently they published… Continue reading Today in peons oppressing the wealthy