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The average age of minimum wage workers is now 35 years of age. 78% of minimum wage workers have a high school diploma. 12% of minimum wage workers have an associate degree, and 19% of minimum wage workers have a bachelor’s degree or higher (that’s 31% of minimum wage workers with a college degree).

Today’s economy sucks for anybody who isn’t a computer geek or a marketing whiz, pure and simple. When 1/3rd of minimum wage workers have a college degree, something has clearly gone wrong with our economy.

And it certainly isn’t going to get better under Trump. Every single one of his proposals transfers money from low-wage people and the middle class to the wealthy. FUrthermore, the robots are coming. There are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States. Every single one of them is going to be unemployed within twenty years. There are 3.4 million cashiers in the United States. Within 20 years, they’ll all be unemployed — you will check out by waving your smartphone at the door gate while walking out with your items — they’ll be automatically checked out via RFID and NFC. That’s if you don’t order it from home and have it delivered by a robot-driven car that’s filled with your order by a robot stock picker.

So what do we do? I don’t have the foggiest damned idea, I know capitalism as it currently exists, our economy as it currently exists, is doomed, and any ideas I have for replacing it aren’t very good. But I do know that the solution isn’t tax cuts for the rich.

– Badtux the Baffled Penguin

Sing it loudly

Chelsea Wolfe, “Winter”, off her 2006 self-published album Mistake in parting. Nope, you can’t buy it anywhere because she hates the album, which she copied onto CDR’s and sold at shows when she was just starting out. But it showcases the start of a lot of what became her sound in the 2010’s.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

We should be grateful, I suppose. They could kill more, after all. It’s what cold-blooded lizard people from planet Sociopath do — come up with new and better ways to kill human beings, who they view as prey, not as fellow travelers in life.

So, the Congressional Budget Office has now scored the new Republican health care plan. Here’s what they conclude:

  1. Massive tax cuts for billionaires
  2. Massive tax hikes for non-billionaires (the “healthcare tax”, which may not be taken out of your paycheck by government, but it’s taken out of your paycheck nevertheless).
  3. 1/6th of the population uninsured as the individual health insurance marketplace goes into a *literal* death spiral and
    those on Medicaid lose their coverage.

    But hey, I’m sure all that money that the billionaires get as tax cuts will trickle down to the rest of us, just like it has during the past 30 years of stagnant or declining real salaries for white males… i.e., just like a two-story outhouse.

    Alrighty, then!

    – Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Bay Area McDonald’s will serve large orders of French fries in limited-edition rainbow boxes for Pride Month, June 2017. (Photo courtesy of McDonald’s of the Greater Bay Area)

Yep, that’s what the preacher who got upset about Starbucks cups is upset about now. McDonalds french fries are gay!

Uhm…. say whuh? I mean, do these french fries copulate with each other or something? How do you sex a french fry to know they’re doing the nasty with the same sex, anyhow? They don’t have any externally visible genitalia!

Then he says that maybe McDonalds should serve some Christian french fries. Uhm. They’re french fries. They’re food. Food doesn’t have a religion. You eat it, you don’t worship it. (Though I must admit that some of the food I’ve eaten over the years has been worthy of worship, thinking about some places in the French QUarter that I ate in over the decades, then a New Mexican place in South Phoenix…). Since when do fried potatoes have a religion? Is this dude dotty or something? (Answer: Yes.)

Meanwhile, the gay wedding cake case is going to the Supreme Court. The baker’s argument is that, apparently, a cake is speech. Say wha? I could have sworn that a cake was food! Since when is a food speech? Something you do with a food might be speech — for example, throwing a lemon pie at a piñata of Donald Trump. But a food itself? It’s just food. Something you eat for nourishment (or at least enjoyment). Duh.

I mean, what’s the difference between a gay wedding cake and just a plain old wedding cake? I guess a gay wedding cake is fabulous, sure. But it’s a cake. It doesn’t do any mano a mano sexual acts with other cakes, because, like, it lacks arms, and legs, and external genitalia, and reproductive organs, and …. So gay cake sex must be boring as hell. They just lay on each other waiting to be eaten? WTF?

Man, these tighty whitey righties could have chosen anything on the universe to get upset about — war, famine, poverty, Remy Ma beating Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards– but they chose food? For realz? Man. You couldn’t make this up. If I wrote this as part of a novel, the editor would return it right back to me saying “too unrealistic, nobody could be so small-minded as to get upset by food items.”

Yet there they are.

Food.

What a thing to get upset by. Sheesh!

– Badtux the Baffled Penguin

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir, In This Cold Place, from their new album More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse.

Moby has gotten a bit of a bite in his old age….

– Badtux the Music Penguin

After the White House bans cameras and audio recorders, CNN sends a criminal sketch artist to sketch the White House press gaggle. Great troll, CNN! Send a criminal sketch artist to sketch criminals! LOL. One thing that the Trump Administration’s continuous attacks on the press has managed to do — journalists are suddenly discovering the power of trolling.

So, how fucked are we? Well, this is how fucked we are:

Yeah, things are going to keep getting worse, so gonna have to find my old polyester leisure suit to prepare for the second coming of disco! But seriously, we were so cute back then….

Uhm, yeah, that’s an old family photo from the disco era, a bunch of cousins…

So anyhow, why do I say things aren’t going to get better?

  1. Democrats are *not* going to take back the House next year. Not unless a lot of gerrymandering lawsuits suddenly pay off and get those districts un-gerrymandered.
  2. Even at that, in many states Democrats are going to have hard time winning. The majority of states have Republican governors. In fact, 33 states out of 50 have Republican governors. And that is not a result of gerrymandering — governors are elected at-large by the majority of voters in a state.
  3. Democrats are *not* going to take back the Senate next year. There simply aren’t many Republicans whose terms expire next year, and they’re in generally safe states. In fact, I suspect Republicans are going to gain seats in the Senate next year.
  4. Republicans are not going to impeach Donald Trump, Mike Pence, or anybody else. Why should they? Congress has the power of the purse, and can keep Trump/Pence from doing anything that’s too out of line with the desires of the Republican king-makers on Wall Street. And Trump makes a fine distraction from the evil shit that Congress is doing. About the only way that Trump is going to get impeached is if he decides to defy Congress on a continual basis and do shit that Wall Street hates. Uhm, his two top advisors are Wall Street tycoons, as is half his White House cabinet. Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.
  5. Americans here in the Land of the Coward and Home of the Slave aren’t going to suddenly rise up and overthrow their government. Look, if you don’t believe me, go read the newspaper comments section for one of those newspapers in flyover land. Half of them are about how all their problems are the fault of “libtards”. And her emails! It turns out that you *can* fool the majority of people all the time. P.T. Barnum’s ghost must be weeping in envy somewhere.
  6. So: conclusion: Things are going to get worse for the majority of Americans. Americans are going to lose their health care, they’re going to lose their houses maybe, their jobs maybe, their lives are going to keep getting harder and harder ever year. And they won’t do a thing to change it, because they’ll blame it all on handy skapegoats.

So yeah, dust off those old disco duds, folks, cause we gonna be dancin’ this next 3 1/2 years — dancin’ all the way to hell. Crap, there’s a fucking good chance that Donald Trump will serve as President for eight years. 38 governors, remember. And the electoral college, which means that states whose governors mostly govern over cows get disproportionately more power to select the President than the prosperous Democratic states get…

– Badtux the Dancing Penguin

Black Mountain, “Tyrants”, off their 2010 album In The Future.

– Badtux the Music Penguin