Will this thing go to the moon?

Noster

Women bloggers starting to make the men a little nervous; Texas football reporter quotes Audre Lorde; “epistemological synecdoche;” Darth Vader, Superman look on as man smashes police car; Bank of America gives back $245 it took from a customer; “In intellectual terms, Schaeffer and Lindsey were hacks at best, charlatans at worst.” [Read more...]

‘The rich rule over the poor’: Ramsey’s II, challenging Pharaoh

Jacob Marley celebrates debt-free living.

Here’s a round-up of some of the recent responses to Dave Ramsey’s recent ugly bout of punching-down at the powerless. Some of this criticism is sharp and strongly worded, but most of it is still far, far gentler than the sarcastic reproach with which Job blasted Bildad when that archetypal fool resorted to Ramsey’s brand of victim-blaming garbage in the Bible. [Read more...]

‘The rich rule over the poor’: Dave Ramsey, McDonald’s, and the personal salvation of personal finance (part 1)

Debtors

Credit-card banks and other lenders are scared of Richard Cordray and of Elizabeth Warren. But they’re not scared of Dave Ramsey. They love the guy. No matter how many new ways they concoct to fleece their customers, they can always count on Ramsey to have their back, telling his radio audience that it’s their fault and that their only response should be to cut expenses and pay those new rates and fees in full. [Read more...]

Collection plates, the economy and the 99 percent

OP

The Dow Jones index has come roaring back to record highs after the Great Recession. Church-giving has not rebounded because employment and wages have not rebounded. Church-giving corresponds with the fortunes of the 99 percent, not with the fortunes of the 1 percent. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war (8.14)

Unions

House Republicans plan to double cuts to nutrition aid to $40 billion. Every year, 700,000 Americans go bankrupt due to medical bills. GOP plans to fight Obamacare by convincing everyone not to buy health insurance. Student loans as a Ponzi scheme. Walmart vs. jobs. The disease of viewing colleagues as nothing more than “costs” to be minimized. Two companies thriving by disproving the Walmart/McDonald’s model based on that disease. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war

SeQuest

Workers want to be treated as “human;” restaurants screw women of color on wages even more than they screw over white women, whom they screw over even more than they screw over their male workers; the ghetto is working as it was designed to work; anti-SNAP congressman collects huge farm subsidy from same legislation; companies refusing to hire the poor; no dessert until you finish your poison; and more. [Read more...]

Jubilee: Why Old Man Potter is bad for business in Bedford Falls

Potter

Old Man Potter collects that $3.3 billion in interest every year and only spends part of it on his household staff, limousine maintenance, imported cigars, etc. The rest of it just sits there in giant piles that Potter sometimes swims through Scrooge-McDuck-style, but otherwise doesn’t put to any productive use. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war

stogie

“Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire.” (Oh, and plenty of links.) [Read more...]


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