State lotteries and truth in advertising

Bullshit

State lotteries are exempt from truth-in-advertising laws. And this, I think, offers some promise for changing the politics of state lotteries. This is a way of taking them on without prompting a defensive response from either entrenched constituency — the Losers or the Free-loaders. We don’t attack the lotteries themselves, we attack their exemption from truth-in-advertising laws. [Read more...]

Data collection is creepy, even when its mainly data hoarding

NotMe

In theory, Comcast could have an incredibly detailed demographic dossier on our household. But when it comes to mining that data for any apparent purpose, they don’t even seem to have a grasp on the basic geography they could learn from our billing address. We get ads for political candidates in other states and for restaurant chains that don’t have any franchises in our region. We get ads for diapers and baby care products and motorcycle insurance. [Read more...]

Evangelicals notice predatory lending, agree it’s Bad

Payday

The first Good Thing about the NAE’s resolution against predatory lending is that it gives members of the white evangelical tribe permission to be against predatory lending. It tells them that this is an issue on which they are allowed to view government action and legal regulation favorably, and that this is an issue on which they are permitted to agree with liberals without risking demerits on their permanent record. [Read more...]

I thought I was going to Heaven, now it’s very hard to tell

BelleBible

Some Friday morning links and observations, including: Always give yourself all 5s on employee self-evaluations; how complicated schedules simplify wage theft; James McGrath wants to know if the Winchester boys are worth his time; unpaid exercise is nice work if you can get it; and why I’m happy to know that “desecration of a venerated object” is illegal here in Pennsylvania. [Read more...]

Labor Day Scenes from the Class War

LaborDay

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” [Read more...]

So let the judgment fall on me

Palmieri3

So, OK, I missed the Emmys — did Tatiana Maslany win for lead actress or supporting actress? Or both? (Plus some other links and stuff.) [Read more...]

Scenes from the Class War

HungerWWI

“Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.” [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby is fine with forced abortions and mandatory contraception in China, but balks at voluntary contraception for American women

HobLob

Mandatory birth control in China is of no moral concern for Hobby Lobby, but access to voluntary birth control for American women is something it will fight all the way to the Supreme Court. The company has no conscientious objection to forced abortion in China if such objection would interfere with its ability to get kitschy rooster ornaments for pennies for the dollar. But preventive health insurance for female employees violates it’s deepest purported religious convictions. [Read more...]


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