If you haven't read Lambert's Water Cooler Links at NC today, these two (artfully juxtaposed) deserve amplification. Every bit as much as "Doctor" Sundararajan deserves to be widely mocked and reviled.
Throngs of frat people dressed in Santa Claus costumes have the run of the roads (yes, where the cars drive) in New York City. Read more about Where's the Military Equipment to Deal with Santacon NYC 2014?
So millions upon millions more of hard earned wage-worker dollars are - Voila - funneled to Blackstone, Carlyle and Apollo, mammoth players of the
Gargantuan Wage-Looting Scheme private equity (formerly more accurately known as "asset stripping"). Read more about WTF CALPERS and Private Equity?!
NY Post. Since it began 2 years ago Citi-Bike, the privatized bike-sharing program given by Ex-Mayor-for-Life "Mike" Bloomberg to the Canadian Alta company, has racked up $4 Million (!) dollars in "late" fees.
Citi-Bike had early on proven itself to be an operational #FAIL in the classic manner of neo-liberal enterprise (We Deliver the Most Craptastic Services!) early on, with docks not working, bikes being broken or unavailable, etc. Read more about Citi Bike NYC (ALTA) Looting Customers Via "Late" Fees
Ferguson, Missouri has been turned into a war zone.
The police use inappropriate force, such as tear gas and rubber bullets, to overwhelm and intimidate residents who are legitimately protesting a police murder of a fellow, unarmed resident.
There is also a “keep moving” rule constantly imposed on residents and journalists on the sidewalks of Ferguson. It is not a real law but nevertheless was and still is constantly spouted by the police. This “rule” is anti the First Amendment and now being challenged by the ACLU. Read more about Ferguson, Front Line of Anti-Constitution & Class Warfare
Lackey to the Point-Oh-One Percenters attorney John Carley (his wife is ABC Anchor Pia Lindstrom, daughter of Ingrid Bergman) owns a summer house in Watermill, in South Hampton. Also in Watermill, and year-round, there is a Sisters of Mercy Convent. In July 2012 Sister of Mercy Jacqueline Walsh was killed in a hit and run while walking near the convent at the intersection of Rose Hill Road and Montauk Highway. Read more about John Carley is a horrible human being (Hamptons edition)
Daddy's mayor now so, voila, we get unpaid internships at City Hall!
But it's just for a month! And unpaid, so the Conflicts of Interest Board grants a waiver ~ double voila! Because: "the teens are not getting paid, will not have decision-making power and will only work for a month." [Isn't this the definition of an unpaid summer internship?]
No $63 'surcharge' per insured for "certain self insured plans" -- aka Taft Hartley union plans. (*)
As Lambert said, blackmail works, see e.g., Latinos, LGBT, and now Labor. It works like a charm. Except this time Obama had to pretend in public that he wasn't going to pay the blood money but "quietly" did so outside of public view. Read more about Obama Caved to Trumka on ObamaCare
By Scott Martelle, via Truthdig -- http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/big_banks_trying_to_kill_off... (and via Jesse's Cafe's Matieres a Reflection).
Lobbying to strip Credit Unions of nonprofit status which gives CU's an "unfair advantage." I guess that's just too much competition for JPM, City, Goldman (a "bank" for purposes of Fed Window and AIG-Backdoor Bailouts), BoFA, Wells Fargo. Read more about Big Banks Trying To Crush Credit Unions -- But, but OWS "just fizzled"?!
... that she had paid 6 months earlier (1 month after she got it). Somehow this went unnoticed, a warrant isseud and SIX (6) NYPD cops banged on her door at 8am. She was then held in a stinking hot cell for 15 hours until a judge, at 11:00 pm, dismissed the summons (without comment!). The woman is law-abiding, but an African American in Commissioner Kelly's thuggish police state.
Arresting demonstrably innocent people (on a parking citation summons, no less) is the new "policing" -- The Compliance State. Read more about Six Cops Arrest Woman at Home on Unpaid Parking Ticket
This is a must read report on Third Way Squalor Policy that is very much upon and among us -- especially in cities (where I suppose impoverished suburban poors will have to flock eventually.) Read more about Squalor Housing for the 99.9% - "Micro-Apartments"
Huffington Post Article has 16,135 comments as of now.
It's wonderful to hear Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Obama and all those great "folks" using their respective bully pulpits to condemn this or (god forbid) to make sure it does not happen. Even sweeter is the roaring choir of the AFL-CIO, SEIU, ASFME, et al. in opposition to all this. Read more about State Minimum Wage Suppression Laws -- ALEC's new one
Business Roundtable CEOs announce their proposal to
impose Austerity "fix the debt." This is grotesque.
(1) push eligibility age to 70 (SSI and Medicare)
(2) chained CPI
(3) some vague "means testing" for "some people"
(4) a goody for private health insurers (not again!): they get to compete with Medicare. Read more about CEO Group Catfood Manifesto