Amidst all of the discussion about Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which describes how inequality will continue to rise, this is an issue I haven’t seen raised, but, snark aside, seems rather important:
This might not be a problem, were it not that capital is increasingly owned by shitheads. No doubt Piketty’s capital/income ratio was on the high side in Tsarist Russia and medieval Florence, and they invented Tolstoy and the renaissance.
But look at these shitheads (Rich kinds of Instagram). What will they invent?
Are such people going to emulate Lorenzo the Magnificent and sponsor artists and scholars? Or is it more likely that they will order up fine wines and pour them over their bell-ends, howling with mirth while the planet goes to hell? Piketty fails to address this question.
It simply isn’t sustainable that so many of the world’s resources are controlled by people with the cultural level of baboons.
Kidding aside, to me anyway, much of the discussion has neglected who has acquired all this wealth. Is the enrichment of the Walton Clan in the national interest, economic and otherwise?
This, from a family physician, about the ‘law of vaccine supply and demand‘:
Remember the H1N1 epidemic from 2009? The country was obsessed with the bird flu, like they are now with Ebola. My patients were scared to get the bird flu, and they refused the regular flu vaccine because H1N1 was initially not included. Then, a few months later, H1N1 was included. What happened? Suddenly, demand dropped. In the vaccine world, when there is no supply (like the current Ebola non-vaccine) or [limited] supply, the demand goes way up. However, when there is an abundance of flu vaccine (like this year), many patients gladly refuse the vaccine.
With all of the New York City Ebola-related madness, here’s a quiet image for you (observed on 16th Street, Northwest D.C.):
And a closeup:
I realize the Secret Service is having a tough time of things lately, but this seems worthy of a personal visit (boldface mine):
In a Facebook post last week, Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan referred to Obama as “our domestic enemy,” according to a screenshot published by Progress Missouri.
“I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military … having not put on a uniform nor taken any type military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of. But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority,” she wrote in the post. “What am I missing? Thank you for your bravery and may God keep you safe.”
Didn’t know the U.S. military had an electoral veto, though, given our predilection for leaving bodies in the street, the notion that we are a republic of laws, not a satrapy, does seem to be a bit worn.
Constitutional ignorance notwithstanding, it’s worth noting that she is not only a Republican but an elected official–and she called for the armed overthrow of a legally-elected president.
This, not the ‘reformicons’ that inhabit the delicate environs of Washington think tanks, is the heart-and-soul of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.
It would appear that even treason is not beyond them.