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Sanders, Warren Use 'Prime Day' to Blast Amazon

Plus: Everything you need to know about the latest Scarlett Johansson controversy, new 2020 fundraising and polling numbers, and warnings about "meth-gators"

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Democratic presidential candidates used the occasion of Amazon's yearly Prime Day sales event to attack the company for its working conditions. They also pushed their own plans to either rein in the online retail giant or break it apart altogether.

On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) re-upped her plan to dismantle Amazon and other big tech firms by forbidding them from selling their own products on platforms that they own. That would mean Amazon would have to spin off or kill its in-house brands like AmazonBasics and GoodThreads.

"Giant corporations like Amazon have too much power," said Warren in a Tweet. "My administration will make big, structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition—including breaking up Amazon, Facebook, and Google."

For Warren, shrinking Amazon's market share will mean more choice for consumers. But as Reason's Peter Suderman has argued, "the most immediate and obvious effect is that consumers would lose inexpensive, reliable options."

Joining the Prime Day pile-on was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.). The 2020 presidential candidate and arch Amazon-critic tweeted out support for workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Minnesota who had walked off the job Monday to protest what they say are unsafe working conditions and overly-onerous performance goals.

"A higher wage is only one component of the fight for workers' rights. Amazon workers deserve safe working conditions, fair scheduling, and reasonable production demands," said Sanders on Twitter.

Last year, Sanders introduced the Stop BEZOS Act (a reference to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos). The bill would impose a tax on large companies equal to the value of the public subsidies that its workers receive, the idea being that Amazon's failure to pay higher wages was forcing its employees to rely on welfare.

Critics have pointed out that Sanders' bill would essentially act as a tax on hiring poor workers who rely on public assistance.

Amazon itself has called Sanders' criticisms of its wages and working conditions unfair and inaccurate, saying that it pays all its full-time fulfillment center workers over $15 an hour on top of heath, retirement, and education benefits. The company also pays its temporary and part-time workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour, but those workers do not receive the same level of fringe benefits.

Although he was embroiled in other Twitter controversies on Prime Day, President Donald Trump has echoed some of his Democratic opponents' criticisms of Amazon. Last year Trump said the market power of companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google represented "a very antitrust situation."

In addition to their numerous practical deficiencies, the presidential contenders' anti-Amazon policies reveal a conceptual error. Neither Warren nor Sanders appreciates how the online retail giant's services benefit all workers.

Amazon's online store gives people access to a wider variety of often cheaper, sometimes better-quality goods than what they would've traditionally been able to find at brick-and-mortar retail outlets. Its existence saves workers money while expanding the choices available to them.

Economist Joseph Schumpeter once wrote that "the capitalist achievement does not typically consist in providing more silk stockings for queens but in bringing them within reach of factory girls."

Amazon's managed to do this for a lot more products than just silk stockings.


FREE MINDS

Scarlett Johansson sparked alleged outrage over the weekend after defending the idea that she, a professional actress, should be permitted to play characters of different races or genders. On Friday, British tabloid The Daily Mail published portions of an interview Johansson did with As If magazine in which she said she "should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job."

The Avengers star attracted controversy last year when she was cast to play a trans man in the movie Rub and Tug, a role she ultimately withdrew from.

Her latest comments led to a lot of sarcastic tweets about Johansson playing trees.

According to Vanity Fair, CNN, and the Los Angeles Times, her comments also sparked outrage, although that also appears to be limited to a handful of tweets.

Nevertheless, by Monday, Johansson had released a statement criticizing the tabloid for taking her remarks out of context and stressing her commitment to increased minority representation in Hollywood.

She also defended the substance of her remarks, saying in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that "in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness."


FREE MARKETS

Blackstone Group, a major investment firm, has said that it will stop repairs at some of the New York City apartment buildings it owns following the state legislature's passage of major new rental regulations. The new laws, passed in June, limit the rent increases landlords are able to pass on to tenants to cover the costs of repairs and building improvements.

Blackstone will reportedly halt apartment renovations at two of its residential developments reports Crain's:

A source with direct knowledge of Blackstone's plans for the sprawling properties, which together count more than 11,000 units, said that renovations to vacant units would stop, as would potentially larger construction projects. Urgent maintenance such as repairs to fix leaks or hot water service—which is required by law—will continue to be made, the source said.

Critics of New York's new rental law argue that placing stricter limits on what renovation and repair costs landlords can pass on to tenants would disincentivize them from carrying out new renovations, leading to "shabbification." Apparently, that's already happening.


ELECTION 2020

  • Joe Biden's lead narrows and Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) gets a boost in the latest New Hampshire poll.

  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is leading the Democratic field in fundraising totals for this year's second quarter, followed closely by Biden.

QUICK HITS

  • Tennessee police warn that flushing your drugs could create "meth-gators" downriver in Alabama.
  • Colorado set up an email account for people to report child abuse and then forgot to check it for four years.
  • L.A. traffic doesn't just make you late for work—it also makes it harder to find love.
  • Before being a progressive critic of massive corporations, Elizabeth Warren consulted for one.
  • Republicans offer, at best, muted criticism of President Donald Trump's tweets telling several far-left members of Congress to "go back" to their home countries.
  • Private space company SpaceX's goal of sending humans into space by the end of the year is getting "increasingly difficult" according to a company executive.

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  1. Tennessee police warn that flushing your drugs could create “meth-gators” downriver in Alabama.

    So keep at it.

    1. At least they’ll have less teeth.

      1. Now that is funny

      2. You know why gators is so ornery?

        1. No toothbrush?

        2. Not enough flushed drugs?

        3. They have two penises. They should count their blessings and be happy.

    2. Hello.

      I got 30% off a Champion’s long-sleeve tee on Prime day.

      Suck it Bernie you lazy commie shithead!

      1. Bernie is a colossal idiot.

    3. Honestly, “Meth Gators” is several orders of magnitude better as a college mascot than “Crimson Tide”. Although it could cause some confusion when they play Florida, I suppose.

      1. The South Alabama Agricultural Tech Meth Gators has a nice ring to it.

      2. As noted above, you can recognize the meth gator because it’s short a few teeth.

        1. As noted above, you can recognize the meth gator because it’s short a few teeth.

          How could you tell in Alabama? ‘Short a few teeth’ is a state motto.

  2. First? Wow.

    1. Darn it, Fist is fast as ever.
      Well done.

      1. Poor Mrs. Fist.

        1. It’s all about expectations.

    2. A first in your life?

    3. Further proof baby Jeffrey is slow.

  3. Colorado set up an email account for people to report child abuse and then forgot to check it for four years.

    Give the witnesses time to age into credibility.

  4. Republicans offer, at best, muted criticism of President Donald Trump’s tweets telling several far-left members of Congress to “go back” to their home countries.

    But of course as libertarians we don’t believe one individual should be asked to answer for another.

    1. He died for your sins too, you know…

    2. As libertarians, we are certainly allowed to have ethical expectations for our fellow humans’ behavior beyond any minimal legal restrictions on their behavior.

      We can have the ethical expectation, for example, that members of a political party should call out their leaders for crassness and incompetence.

  5. Beware, the IRS is eyeing your inherited money

    Few noticed when the House of Representatives in May overwhelming passed the imaginatively named “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019.”The vote was 417-3. Senate passage was thought to be a mere formality — until Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced opposition, because the bill no longer includes a provision that would allow tax-free Section 529 college savings account withdrawals to cover homeschooling costs.

    1. “Setting Up Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement for Income Taxes (SECURESUCIT) Act of 2019.

      If they were being honest…

  6. Private space company SpaceX’s goal of sending humans into space by the end of the year is getting “increasingly difficult” according to a company executive.

    Bumping up against an artificial and arbitrary deadline? Sounds like SpaceX is ripe for its own reality TV show.

  7. Tennessee police warn that flushing your drugs could create “meth-gators” downriver in Alabama.

    It would fit in nicely with the meth squirrels that they have down there.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alabama-man-accused-feeding-meth-squirrel-arrested-n1024801

  8. UAE oil tanker missing in Strait of Hormuz after drifting into Iranian waters

    I am sure the MSM will scream about missing ship’s crew being tortured just like they did with Jamal Khashoggi.

    1. You mean everything on the internet isn’t true? Big if true.

      1. Big if true.

        And if it doesn’t have to be true it could grow so big it could tear a whole in the space-time continuum.

        Better call out the Space Force.

      2. Only the ones are true. The zeros are fake.

        1. They’re actually the letter “O” but the font makes it impossible to tell the difference.

          1. You can’t spell “ZERO” without “0”.

  9. Joe Biden’s lead narrows and Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) gets a boost in the latest New Hampshire poll.

    Hey, New Hampshire, how about a little more analysis and a little less horse race.

  10. Shabbification?!?

    Ugh.

    How about, “It looks like Bill DeLasio’s/Chuck U. Schumers/Jerrold Nadler’s face.”

  11. …her comments also sparked outrage, although that also appears to be limited to a handful of tweets.

    Britschgi likes to marginalize voices.

  12. Democratic presidential candidates used the occasion of Amazon’s yearly Prime Day sales event to attack the company for its working conditions. They also pushed their own plans to either rein in the online retail giant or break it apart altogether.

    No worries. Trump is getting reelected and the Democrat Party is less and less powerful in national politics. At this point, the MSM and reason are the only reason that anyone has anything to do with politicians that are members of the Party of slavery.

    1. “Trump is getting reelected”

      Would you say 2020 will be a “Red Wave”?

      LOL

      1. Using the term wave imied you support surfing Gabbi.

    2. If there’s one thing people hate, it’s cheap goods arriving at their doorstep, and no reason to go to the mall.

  13. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) re-upped her plan to dismantle Amazon and other big tech firms by forbidding them from selling their own products on platforms that they own.

    That has to be the dumbest fucking idea I have ever heard. I pray she’s the one that Trump gets to debate next fall.

    1. Next up… Costco cant sell Kirkland brand.

      1. There’re a lot of products at the bottom of that slippery slope.

    2. Curious if Apple would potentially be included. It would be fun to watch them sell Microsoft Surface devices in their stores and websites.

  14. Meth Gators would make a good Southern Rock band name.

    Their first single could be a remake of the Molly Hatchet song Gator Country.

    1. I like that.

    2. Let it snow?

  15. When did Palestinians become people of color?

    “After Trump Accuses Four Democratic Congresswomen of Hating U.S., They Fire Back

    President Trump, under fire for comments that even members of his own party called racist, amplified his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color on Monday, saying that they hated America and that one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress sympathized with Al Qaeda.”

    Rashida Tlaib’s parents are both of Palestinian origin. That makes her a person of color? Were Danny Thomas and Omar Sharif persons of color? Was Doctor Zhivago an interracial romance?

    1. It was dumb of him but fuck Rashida and Ilhan.

      Sniveling little shits.

      1. Realigning pelosi and the DNC with those idiots was smart.

        1. He pisses off all the right people.

    2. One of my friends, who happens to be black, referred to one of my white friends as a “person of color” because, get this, she has brown eyes.

      When I asked about it, he was like “she has brown eyes – she obviously has Mexican or South American ancestry”. I laughed and gave him a little bit of a hard time for it. I wonder if that makes my sister a POC, she has brown eyes.

      1. I have deep brown eyes.

        Now what?

        1. “I have deep brown eyes”

          Shit for brains.

          1. That too.

        2. Well, if Palestinians are PoCs, then so are Italians as similarly pigmented Caucasians.

      2. “she has brown eyes – she obviously has Mexican or South American ancestry”
        A pure whitey would have blond hair and blue eyes.

        1. This guy is smart in tech but a moron when it comes to social issues. He is pulled between his woke internet friends and his real-life level headed friends.

      3. I have dark brown eyes. My ancestry is Scandinavian and Scot.

    3. Highly motivated Chinese,Japanese, Koreans, Indians etc are white, unless they’re democrats.
      Hispanics are POC except George Zimmerman, Jury still out on the king of Spain. Muslims are POC even pasty white Muslims descended from Slavs.
      Puerto Ricans are POC, Cubans are white.
      Jews are situationally POC unless notorious,Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein. Nancy Pelosi is POC but that’s just the dementia kicking in.

      1. Puerto Ricans are POC, Cubans are white.

        That’s gold, man.

    4. AOC looks like a Spainard. Not much color outside of tanning in the Sun. I’m half Italian, I get darker as I tan (or, are Italians considered people of color–ha ha, maybe I can get a pass on reparations)

      1. I’ve read that the whiteness of Italians was controversial among Klan groups in the early 20th century, although they all agreed that Sicilians were colored.

  16. Democratic presidential candidates used the occasion of Amazon’s yearly Prime Day sales event to attack the company for its working conditions.

    That party sure likes to price America out of the global labor market.

  17. “Giant corporations like Amazon have too much power,” said Warren in a Tweet. “My administration will make big, structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition—including breaking up Amazon, Facebook, and Google.”

    An object lesson in too much power.

  18. “Tennessee police warn that flushing your drugs could create “meth-gators” downriver in Alabama.”

    Hollywood pricks up its ears.

    1. Scarlett Johansson stars in Truck Stop Waitress vs. Meth Gator. Johansson plays both roles of course.

      1. She can also have a cameo role as the Asian tourist who is the first one to get killed by Meth Gator.

      2. Meth Gator 2 – Crystalnacht

        Where we learn that Johansson’s waitress is is actually a Jewish transexual and the gators are receiving dark money from a neo-nazi website.

    2. Didn’t Bert Reynolds already make that movie? Twice?

      1. As Archer likes to remind us.

        1. The State of Alabama could turn into one big….. Danger Zone.

          1. Or , depending on the thirst of US methheads, a desert.

            1. Danger Zone, Lana!

              1. LANA!

      2. Scarlett would make a better Libertarian Party candidate than many of the wannabees auditioning for the part.

        1. I’d happily “pull the lever” for her!

  19. Amazon workers deserve safe working conditions, fair scheduling, and reasonable production demands.

    More voters buy from Amazon than do work there, Bernard.

    1. Bernie’s been to G.U.M. He knows how socialist retailing should work.

    2. Remember when every store was going to be WalMart? Now every store is Amazon.

  20. “in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness.”

    An actor? Sure. If you want to show real fortitude, though, try opening a burrito stand in Portland.

  21. “The Avengers star attracted controversy last year when she was cast to play a trans man in the movie Rub and Tug, a role she ultimately withdrew from.”

    I’m not familiar with this particular superhero movie. Is rubbing and tugging her superpower?

    1. All the good super powers are taken or have been invented.

      Pull my finger.

      /sticks finger out.

      1. Pull my Finger

        They did that power in Mystery Men. One of my personal favorite superhero movies.

        1. The Spleen!

    2. sounds like a buddy cop movie…..a trans man and trans woman solve crimes together?

  22. Sure Fake Lizzie, whatever you say. Break up Amazon but what are you gonna replace them with to give ‘more choice’ to consumers?

    Gotta love statist authoritarians who laughably claim they can intervene in the market and give better choices than a free market can.

    What bozos. And at this point, you’re a bozo if you vote for illiberal buffoons like her and Grandpa Gulag.

    1. Bezos vs. Bozos?

      1. Bolos vs Bozos: Europe 72.

    2. I’m sure she has a Five Year Plan to take care of that.

      The Five Year Plan will impoverish you so you can’t buy anything. Problem solved!

  23. I bet Amazon gets more orders than Sanders gets votes.

    1. I bet you can buy Sanders book on Amazon.

      1. If someone were to print Sanders book on toilet paper, I would buy that on Amazon.

        1. Toilet paper will be the first to disappear in a Sanders regime.

          1. You don’t need luxuries like toilet paper….

            1. “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 kinds of paper when children are hungry in this country. Besides, you’ll need something to do with all your US currency when I get elected.”

              Bernie Sanders

  24. Rep. Ilhan Omar: “It is time for us to impeach this President”

    THIS is what patriotism looks like.

    #Impeach
    #LibertariansForOmar
    #LibertariansAgainstIslamophobia

  25. More bad economic news.

    Domino’s Shares Tumble as Pace of Sales Growth Slows in the U.S.

    The economy is so bad people cannot even afford to eat pizza occasionally.

    #DrumpfRecession

  26. Giant corporations like Amazon have too much power. My administration will make big, structural changes to the tech sector…
    she said, without an ounce of self-reflection.

  27. “…consumers would lose inexpensive, reliable options.”

    This is not her concern.

  28. “Amazon workers deserve safe working conditions, fair scheduling, and reasonable production demands.”

    ‘Deserve’? This is a word the left uses a lot and I’ve come to despise.

    Fair scheduling? Bernie, go work for Amazon and make the schedules then you POS.

    The arrogance in that statement is breathtaking and astonishing. They talk like it’s 1917.

    1. That’s the whole leftist schtick. Obama did it all the time. Say the word “fair” over and over. It alleviates them from coming up with solutions because “fair” is an emotional appeal.

      Follow the Chemjeff rabbit hole and eventually it leads to “fair.” I say this because he is the only leftist I find bearable

      1. Yeh, there are a couple here who are so. They also have a sense of humour so it’s good.

      2. Bearable? You mean like Timothy Treadwell?

      3. Jeff sucks.
        Tony, on the other hand, I find enjoyable

      4. “leftist” lol

  29. “…her comments also sparked outrage, although that also appears to be limited to a handful of tweets.”

    Outrage, handful of tweets…Is this unique?

    1. The trannies are the most loathsome victim group yet. Short of child molesters, the left is going to have a hard time topping trannies.

      1. The left sides with pedos, infanticide and MS-13.

        At least they can produce a lot of ‘I’m with’ t-shirts!

        1. The films of the 10 year old drag queens dancing in front of a bunch of pervert men is something even I never thought the left would be depraved enough to celebrate. As usual, they turned out to be worse than even I thought they were.

          1. But isn’t that really just the gay equivalent of cheerleading?

    2. What I fear is that , following this particular logic trail, the entire cast of ‘Hamilton’ is out of work.

      1. That is different because REASONS. You are a racist for even bringing it up.

    3. I am outraged she will never give me a rub and tug.

      Maybe if the online mob completely destroys her confidence…..

  30. I don’t mind if she identifies as a tree. What pronoun should I use?

      1. +1

    1. Xylem

    2. Any nut tree.

  31. “”Giant corporations like Amazon have too much power,” said Warren in a Tweet.”

    Just this morning, the Amazon agents broke into the home next door and forced the guy at gun point to buy a shirt on Amazon!

    1. So any amount of power short of law enforcement power is never too much power? Moreover, since governments are so easily corrupted, isn’t the existence of corporations as enormous as Amazon creating a risk of government acting as their proxy?

      It is true that the Amazon or Disney cops are not going to kick down your door. But, if you say violate one of their copyrights, for example, the actual police will kick down your door on their behalf. And that seems like a distinction without difference to me.

      1. John
        July.16.2019 at 10:14 am
        “So any amount of power short of law enforcement power is never too much power?”

        Your sophistry on this issue is tiresome.
        The only “power” Amazon has is what is freely provided by those acting in the market.
        Please peddle your bullshit elsewhere.

        1. The only “power” Amazon has is what is freely provided by those acting in the market.

          Oh really? So money never translates to political power and governments are these incorruptible entities such that they would never do the bidding of some enormous corporation at your expense.

          It is always nice to see someone who has such a refreshing belief and trust in government.

        2. You dodged the rest of that argument so hard that you accidentally ended up inhabiting the body of chemjeff.

          1. “Regulatory capture” or “monopolies and cartels are never bad” pick one because they both can’t be true.

          2. Damn, trip – that’s harsh

      2. People keep equating Amazon to Facebook, Google, etc. but they are fundamentally different.

        Amazon’s power comes from being a central hub that consistently connects consumers to what they are looking for. Failure to do that will kill the business and, if Amazon doesn’t offer something, it is relatively easy for consumers to find it elsewhere. They have numerous online and brick-and-mortar competitors which they are unable to suppress through regulatory capture.

        Market forces helped it grow and market forces exist to keep it in check. I have no problem with it being a giant company because their ability to abuse their position (as opposed to leverage it) isn’t that high. Same with Disney. Massive, yes, but if they don’t deliver a product consumers want then people will spend their money elsewhere.

        Facebook and Google monopolies are more problematic in that they have almost no competition and appear to be colluding with other power players to actively prevent consumers from ‘voting with their feet.’ Still not sure what the solution to that problem is.

        1. That is a fair point. Amazon is mostly a clearing house for suppliers. That is a service that can be easily duplicated. Also, companies like Wall Mart are not taking Amazon’s challenge lying down and are in a position to provide real competition.

        2. I agree with a lot of what you say, but see my comment below about Facebook and Google not having much competition.

          Amazon is competing directly with Facebook and Google in their primary business–which is targeted advertising.

          Alphabet’s first-quarter revenue missed analysts’ estimates, sparking concern that advertisers are shifting some spending from Alphabet’s Google subsidiary to digital rivals.

          “Sales came in at $29.5 billion, excluding payments to distribution partners, Alphabet said in a statement on Monday. Revenue from Google advertising rose 15 percent from a year earlier. That was down from 24 percent year-over-year growth in the first quarter of 2018. The disappointing sales were also a stark contrast to scandal-plagued Facebook, which last week reported a 26 percent jump in ad sales.

          Google is usually the first place consumers go when searching for new products, letting the internet giant charge premium prices to retailers and other advertisers looking to reach customers online. But people have been increasingly going straight to Amazon to hunt for products, and the e-commerce giant has been grabbing a larger share of the digital ad market, chipping away at Google’s lead.”

          I’d expect Roku to become increasingly important, too. When Google’s YouTube TV and Amazon Prime Video go head to head on the screen of a Roku player, Roku probably still wins. Amazon kicked Google’s YouTube off of Firestick, and they didn’t get back on without giving up something. And the benefits to consumers keep getting better and better at lower and lower price points. When three to five firms are duking it out in the marketplace, it often plays out well for consumers.

          None of them are abusing consumers on price, and I think part of that is because there is so much competition between them.

          1. I don’t know a single person that has Roku.

        3. Amazon is the only way travelers and ex-pats can reliably buy software, subscriptions, gadgets and whatnot. Using a U.S. credit card to order stuff through a computer located outside the US mostly fails because the sales algos themselves are programmed for Balkanization. Amazon lets you open your notebook in Europe or South America, buy stuff–and even prepay exorbitant local tariffs–as neatly as though you were in Denver or Detroit. I’m with Amazon because it’s a jungle out here.

      3. It is true that the Amazon or Disney cops are not going to kick down your door. But, if you say violate one of their copyrights, for example, the actual police will kick down your door on their behalf. And that seems like a distinction without difference to me.

        Wow. Who would have guessed John would start channeling Proudhon.

  32. How dare Amazon have the power of freedom to do business with willing customers!

    When I win what will be the last election, oops I meant next election, I will eliminate all individual freedoms and tell you where to buy, what to buy, and how much to pay for it.

    Now there’s a campaign that will win only one award, the truth in politics award.

  33. Isn’t the name “Stop BEZOS act” illegal? I thought Bills of Attainder were not allowed.

    1. he was found guilty through the court of twitter, so it’s fine

  34. Is it wise to quarrel with a man who buys drones by the barrel?

  35. One of the reasons why Liz Warren’s trust-busting campaign is so idiotic is that she wants to go after companies that are competing with each other. She wants to hurt Google. Okay. I hate Google. I can understand that. You know what their primary business model entails? The correct answer is targeted advertising. You know who their biggest direct threat is in targeted advertising?

    Amazon, of course.

    It used to be that when people wanted to find the lowest price online, they’d run it through Google to find it. Nowadays, more and more people are just going straight to Amazon instead. Amazon is running its own targeted advertising business–at the point of sale. They can charge for premium product placements to more likely buyers, etc., as well. Before we let Liz Warren go after one group of bad guys, maybe we should let the gangs go after each other for a while. Especially if the worst that’s happening is that we can get a great deal on a giant TV.

    P.S. We’ve had Nike going after Betsy Ross on the Fourth of July. Now Liz Warren has gone off on Amazon. What’s the left gonna do next–denounce pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving as cultural appropriation?

  36. Report: BLM moving to Colorado

    First Trump has federal employees at the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture moved to Kansas City and now this?

    Draining that DC swamp!

    1. not certain moving to Colorado is punishment

  37. >>>”in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness.”

    yes. because getting paid for make-believe.

  38. It would be interesting to hear Elizabeth define ‘power.’

    The US government controls trillions of dollars indirectly through the federal reserve, nearly 2000 nuclear warheads, and controls human action through thousands of pages of US federal code by using thousands of armed agents who are generally paid above-median wages to obey orders. Power.

    They are either malevolent or ignorant. Which is it?

  39. Warren and Comrade Bernie: The Laurel and Hardy of the democratic party.

  40. Amazon publishes my libertarian political economy books and pays me a 70% royalty. I recall offers as low as 12% initially, decaying to more like 5%. So who is the predatory lamprey? Compared to what?

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