Friday, April 18, 2014

the end of your right to sue

general mills has posted some interesting language on its website. they assert that, if you download a coupon related to their products or 'like' them on a social media site, you agree to give up your right to sue them.

how long do you think it will take other manufacturers to follow suit? a week? maybe as long as a month? just think - if gm had only thought of this first, they wouldn't have a recall now. and the same goes for products made by any american company, no matter what their failings.

i can easily picture the current supreme court drafting their opinions in support of this new approach to civil litigation, and i'm sure that senators are already soliciting bribes - excuse me, 'contributions' - from superpacs and other anonymous 'donors' to make this the law of the land.

did you put gas in your car? sorry, you can't sue bp for any future oil spills. did you get a free sample of that medication from your doctor? sorry, your family can't take you to court if it kills you (actually, that's already the case for the flu shot and other widespread immunizations). lawyers will drop like flies, state and federal regulations will fall to binding arbitration, and companies will no longer have to pretend to act based on what's best for their customers instead of what makes the most money.

how morlockian. but there is, of course, a way to stop general mills in their tracks: stop buying any of their products.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

it's against the law to be homeless

as the american middle class disappears, jobs that pay enough to cover basic necessities are shipped overseas or split into part-time positions to avoid providing healthcare and other benefits, and mortgages continue the relentless tide of foreclosure, an increading number of people are homeless, literally living out of their cars.

and now cities are making even that illegal.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

congress kills insider trading ban

one of the few pieces of good legislation to come out of congress in a long while was a law meant to stop the congressional practice of profiting from insider information, known as the stock act. all the law did was require that any stock transactions by members of congress and their senior staff be posted in an online database so we could see nothing shady was going on.

although the law was passed almost exactly 1 year ago, it was never put into effect, and the white house is just as responsible for that as anyone else.

then, as soon as they thought we weren't looking any more, congress repealed it. both parties, both houses, in a grand total of 24 seconds, and signed by president obama almost as quickly.

transparent, my ass.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

bayer sues to kill more bees

bayer manufactures a pesticide that has been determined to be one of the key factors behind the worldwide bee die-off. this pesticide was recently banned in europe (but not the united states). so bayer is suing 'europe'.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

surf the web, become an atheist

as i've mentioned before, the interwebs have made a lot of information and ideas more readily available to more people than anything in history, including the idea that an invisible old man in the sky might be hogwash. and now there's a study that says just that.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

repeal 'stand your ground'

a study by texas a&m university found that states that enacted 'stand your ground' laws experienced a sharp increase in violent crime and homicides - exactly the opposite of what proponents said 'stand your ground' laws would do.

'stand your ground' laws have failed. it's time to repeal them. click here to make that happen.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

paul ryan wants to save the middle class... by killing it

paul ryan has an interesting way of talking. almost every word that comes out of his mouth is fashioned to make you believe a lie. and his latest budget proposal is no exception. for a man in the hot seat for congressional budget committee, you would think he knows how social security works - and he does - but you'd never know it from his latest statements, designed to fool you into thinking the program is broke. it's not - but he doesn't want you to get any of the money that you put in.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

warren buffet - animated

warren buffet - at last count, the 3rd richest man on the planet - created an animated series to teach children how to do well in business. you can watch it free: http://www.smckids.com/.