There’s a monumental case at the Supreme Court that has got me obsessed, bewitched, enraged and mildly despondent. Technically, it’s called Integrity Staffing v. Busk. It actually is Amazon v. Amazon’s warehouse workers. (Integrity Staffing is the subcontractor stooge hired by Amazon to employ its warehouse workers). After Amazon…
Dispelling the ‘Moocher Myth’: Southern States Get More Than They Give
September 25, 2014
Southern Southern Southern The ‘Moocher Myth’ It’s become somewhat of a Right Wing rallying cry over the past few decades. Conservatives yell and scream about how the liberals want to raise taxes to prop up the lazy, incompetent scum that keeps stealing their hard-earned money through federal programs like…
The Northern Case for Southern Secession
September 24, 2014
The Case for Southern Secession My grandparents were married for 54 years. My grandfather could be lovely, and he could just as easily be disdainful or absent. On the eve of their 54th New Year’s Eve together, my grandmother refused to accompany my grandfather to their condo in Florida….
DEA Rescheduling Hydrocodone
September 4, 2014
The DEA is making codeine a harder drug to get, and a badder drug to deal. This makes me nostalgic for a simpler time, with simpler professionals. When I was a kid, my doctor was a white-haired sadist from Rockford, IL, named Languish. I used to get a lot…
The History of Labor Day
August 29, 2014
Before Peter McGuire came up with the idea for Labor Day most people worked 12 hours a day 7 days a week. Peter McGuire figured out that if you gave a day to celebrate the people who do the hard work, the country would better appreciate their efforts and…
3 Things Labor Needs to Do in Order to Thrive
August 29, 2014
Look, we need labor unions. You and I do better in every way when unions are strong. Take a look at this chart. When union membership goes down, your income shrinks. Why? Because unions push back. Unions force managers to train more, to pay more and to think more…
“What’s to be angry about? You’re alive, Fucker.” Robin Williams on WTF with Marc Maron
August 19, 2014
Marc Maron released his lauded interview with Robin Williams from April 26, 2010. It is chilling and fascinating and hard to put down. Listen here.
Story via WTF with Marc Maron.
5 Big Lessons Everyone Should Learn
August 15, 2014
5 Big Lessons Everyone Should Learn Focus on how you will bring in money. Your product must sell. Your charity must collect donations. If you forget about bringing in money, you’re dead. Build something bigger than you. Build something where lots of other people will care, invest and work….
Seven Stories That Will Make You Think
August 5, 2014
Inversions and Phantom Fiduciary Duties – PracticeLaw.com That argument that big CEOs make to justify moving their company nationalities overseas in order to satisfy their fiduciary duty to minimize taxes? Yeah, that’s bullshit. CEOs and Boards also have no fiduciary duty to maximize profits, particularly short term profits. CEOs and Boards have a…
The Roots of the Great Divide in American Politics
July 29, 2014
Where are our fault lines in American politics? | Salon.com There’s only one article this week, because I thought it was so groundbreaking. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about American politics, trying to find the fault lines. I’ve got two theories that I’m trying hard to reconcile. First, I…