You want a scary story? The money you have in your pocket is losing value!

The pandemic seems to be winding down, and now with a centrist non-authoritarian in the White House, one who has shown a willingness to impose modest taxes on the wealthiest 0.01% of our finest citizens, human and corporate alike, the corporate media’s story seems unable to focus on the steady economic recovery in the USA, it must be on a crisis — and the failure of a reasonably competent Democratic president to fix things beyond any president’s control and against a united party determined to see him fail. Here’s the Grey Lady the other day, hammering a familiar corporate theme:

Gasoline weighed heavily in the increases, hmmm, oil company profits hit all-time highs. Hmmmm… maybe there’s another explanation for corporate leaders using Biden as a punching bag for this worldwide rise in gasoline prices and worldwide inflation…

Here’s Robert Reich:

people, just like you and me! For the love of God, haven’t they and their billionaire human counterparts been crucified enough by class and social justice warriors? Will the vicious attacks on our greatest never cease?

Probably not.

Not that they have any reason to care about that very much…

King Joe Manchin, colossally, corrupt (totally legally) piece of shit

The New York Times published a long article the other day about the most powerful Democrat in the United States, filibuster champion Joe Manchin III. The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is a savvy, Maserati driving, yacht dwelling man of the people who has made his personal fortune in the fossil fuel game. You might consider this a conflict of interest, a coal baron funded by Big Oil sitting athwart all plans to curtail the devastation being caused by the burning of these highly polluting, though lucrative to some, energy sources, but, as the New York Times points out, no laws seem to have been broken. It is a great benefit to have the laws carefully vetted by fossil fuel lobbyists, and studied by fossil fuel-enriched lawmakers of discernment like Manchin, lest the federal government use its power to coerce them into actions that disadvantage them in their God-given pursuit of happiness.

Here’s the Grey Lady with Senator Joe Manchin’s Conflict of Interest; how the West Virginia lawmaker intervened on behalf of a coal plant and made millions along the way.

At every step of his political career, Senator Joe Manchin III has helped a West Virginia power plant that is the sole customer of his private coal business, including by blocking ambitious climate action.

A Times investigation has revealed the strands of the unusual relationship between Mr. Manchin and that especially dirty power plant, showing just how entwined they are.

Mr. Manchin…

The Girl Can’t Help It

I really don’t understand the Grey Lady, outside of as a floridly schizzophrenic purveyor of important investigative journalism and a reality shaping distortion lense.

Desperate Dems, in disarray, failing, turn to unpopular Biden for salvation. You read it in the paper of record, it must be true. Fuck me.

On the other hand, the predictable betrayal by corporate Democrats of policies to solve problems most people in the country share, based on polling, right-wing talking points and fundraising from wealthy donors, is not something that can be whitewashed, no matter how many fearful white people show up with buckets of white paint, or however plainly the influential Grey Lady paints it.