It’s corporations, not killer robots

The singularity has already happened. We’ve been slow to notice because we were worried about a technological singularity and what we got instead was a legal singularity. It wasn’t the rise of artificially intelligent machines, but of artificially intelligent legal entities. The corporations were created by humans. They were granted personhood by their human servants. They rebelled. They evolved. There are many copies. And they have a plan. [Read more…]

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McDonald’s own McBudget shows workers underpaid

Remember, this budget was designed for McDonald’s employees — designed by people who ought to know some such employees, or at least know where to find them. So the fact that McPay isn’t enough to cover the rent anywhere in America shouldn’t have been a mystery. [Read more…]

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7 things @ 11 o’clock (7.11)

High times with Lawrence Welk. Justices packing heat. Dianna Anderson channels Nina Turner. Old Man Potter : Locusts :: George Bailey : Bees. A hedge fund manager tries and fails to convince his smarter son that homelessness is caused by homeless shelters. The self-satisfied obliviousness of an anti-gay “intellectual.” If you’re going to take bribes, just get cash, not an inscribed Rolex, a de la Renta gown and a Ferrari. [Read more…]

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Why we know Walmart isn’t paying $12.40/hour

If those 74 million Americans were to get a raise of another $2.25/hour, they would spend that money. And they wouldn’t spend it at Macy’s. They would spend it at Walmart. A minimum-wage increase would be a huge revenue windfall, a sales bonanza for Walmart. [Read more…]

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If work is a responsibility, then work is also a right

Stephen Fincher seems to be confused about several things. He’s confused about how food stamps work, who they help, and why that help is needed. And he’s terribly, terribly confused about the context and the meaning of this passage from 2 Thessalonians and how it has been understood by centuries of Christian teaching. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war

The same old story from two more manufactured-home neighborhoods; lecturing the poor while cutting food stamps and Meals on Wheels; “deficit reduction” turns out to be job-reduction for 1.5 million Americans; taxpayers subsidize low wages at Walmart; Ben Bernanke reminds lucky rich kids that they’re lucky. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Mary Elizabeth Williams wonders if the Catholic bishops are “even trying to make sense on marriage equality;” the Woz says either tax corporations on income, like we do people, or tax people on profits, like we do corporations; Karl Smith calls for a helicopter drop; Lynne Stuart Parramore on the epidemic of wage theft — $19 billion a year; and Amy Davidson on Amanda Berry and Charles Ramsey. [Read more…]

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Dives will always be with us — and so will selfish rich jackwagons who misquote the Bible

Rep. Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee, be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought … and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the Lord against you, and you would incur guilt. [Read more…]

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