Capitalism is killing the planet and needs to change, says investor Jeremy Grantham
“Capitalism and mainstream economics simply cannot deal with these problems. Mainstream economics largely ignore [them],” Grantham says. “We deforest the land, we degrade our soils, we pollute and overuse our water and we treat air like an open sewer, and we do it all off the balance sheet,” he adds.
This doesn’t seem fair (or rational) that people who have made a lot of money in the stock and bond markets get to speak their mind on the financial pages without being attacked and disparaged as tree huggers and hippies.
This must be the power of money. So not only is money free speech in elections it’s free speech in the press and they’re free to say anything without getting shit tossed their way.
Bigly unfair horseshit I say.
Headline from NBC News:
New GOP immigration bill would prevent separation of children and parents at border
I’m sure I will be following up with the tucked underneath the headline awful shit that is hidden in this bill by the headline.
Trusting the Republicans to treat black folks and immigrants with respect and dignity is a fool’s errand.
It is political gold for them to screw over non-white folks.
From the Guardian here:
“God has blessed us with natural resources. Let’s use them to feed the world. Let’s use them to power the world,” Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and devout Christian, said last year. Under Pruitt, the EPA has moved to roll back dozens of regulations aimed at maintaining clean air and water.
Barber is derisive of this attitude, which he says stems from a disastrous misunderstanding of a passage in Genesis in which God gives man “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”.
“Dominion in this sense means to care for, not destroy,” Barber said. “The first commandment is to take care of creation. To destroy creation is fundamentally irreligious. It’s a violation. It’s a sin. Pruitt says he believes in God but you’ve never seen him pull out scripture that shows Jesus said we must help corporations poison the water.
Just an extremely polite way of telling EPA head Scott Pruitt to go fuck himself for he is an ignorant and destructive piece of shit.
From CBS News in Arizona:
Police say they acted only after Johnson refused to cooperate. In their incident report, one officer wrote Johnson’s “body language” looked like he “was preparing for a physical altercation.” Still, Mesa’s police chief is opening a formal investigation and changing police policy.
“There’s going to be a special directive that says that we will not strike somebody in the face or in the head, unless they are showing us active aggression,” said Ramon Batista, Mesa police chief.
Check that bolded sentence!
I guess up until now in Mesa Arizona the police you strike you in the face or in the head, ya know, for furtive body language or daring to verbally defend yourself.
Of course white folks don’t have the same standard so you’re not gonna catch a beatdown from the po po unless you’re poor and white and ornery.
These are some pretty impressive guidelines I must say.
From the Guardian here:
Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy, the United Nations monitor on poverty has warned.
Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur who acts as a watchdog on extreme poverty around the world, has issued a withering critique of the state of America today. Trump is steering the country towards a “dramatic change of direction” that is rewarding the rich and punishing the poor by blocking access even to the most meager necessities.
The $64 question is how many of these people voted for El Trump-o and will they turn out to screw him over the way he screwed them.
I have no clue what the answer is that to that.
From the Daily Beast here:
A confidential Justice Department report obtained by The New York Times shows drug maker Purdue Pharma knew about “significant” OxyContin abuse in its first years on the market, but claimed it wasn’t aware of widespread misuse until long after it was released.
So this giant epidemic was not some accidental miscalculation. It was marketed deceptively and the repercussions of the addictions were concealed until the money was made.
This is some distinctly American shit where the commerce that occurs is more important than the lives that are shot to shit.
Somebody should bigly go to jail for this horrible behavior but I’m not holding my breath.