Anti-Labor Day, have a beer (continued)

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Rock 'n' Roll, The Corporate Bund at 11:52 am by George Smith

Old PARIAH magazine, the glossy we wish was on the newsstand, way ahead of its time. This Labor Day marks the first in recent memory where many opinion writers could no longer overlook the dreadful state of American employment. As a result, today you can easily find recommendations to raise the minimum wage or a […]


The FDA’s Open Digital Sweatshop Initiative

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 2:40 pm by George Smith

Marvel at the promotional video uploaded by the Empire of Bezos to showcase “Amazon Web Services.” It’s awesome in that it has the FDA’s Chief Health Informatics Officer, Taha Kass-Hout, going on for four minutes about the miracle of “turning manual submissions from the public into machine-readable information with 99.7% accuracy” without once mentioning Mechanical […]


Best quotes from today’s Culture of Lickspittle

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 11:13 am by George Smith

On Facebook and it’s experiment: “Only a fraction of our connections on social media are people we love. The rest are people we already probably dislike.” Better, on what Facebook should do next, or what it already does, if you catch my drift: Notifications of career success from an acquaintance who is in the same […]


Uber Screwus Alles

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 12:25 pm by George Smith

Ah, good old PARIAH magazine, a perfect series of send-ups for our time. Coulda been great but nobody would share it. Not enough clickability in the Culture of Lickspittle. Anyway, economist Dean Baker has been thrashing Uber recently, two pieces — one at the Guardian and one at TruthOut — strongly criticizing the disruptive and […]


Disruptive innovation (continued)

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 8:36 am by George Smith

What if Pablo Picasso had been advised by Upworthy? Comment rescue from yesterday: Today’s example, from Vox, cited at the New Yorker as being (admiringly) mentioned in an (internal) NYT report on disrupters “10 times.” Headline: “The world is on the brink of a mass extinction. Here’s how to avoid that.” One of the answers: […]


MasturBaiter: The new web ‘journalism’

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 12:58 pm by George Smith

In the web environment made by Google and corporate America, clickbait reigns supreme. Working example, above, on the Yahoo news page, about 50 percent of which on any given day constitutes virtually fake news and useless career and lifestyle advice columns written by people, all of whom have smiling thumbnail photos in which they look […]


Making a Pile in the Culture of Lickspittle

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Rock 'n' Roll at 12:44 pm by George Smith

Apple, with regard to music (now almost everything, actually) is similar to a disease for which finding the cure is fiendishly difficult. It’s tech malaria, with the efficiency and presence of the common cold thrown in. (Amazon fits the bill, too, but I’ve already spent a lot of time on the Empire of Bezos.) The […]


Where did the The Aluminum Can Man go?

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 2:23 pm by George Smith

From 2012, an interview with one of the founders of Bain Capital, on a book that he and the interviewer thought might rise to the very top, a vituperative argument that inequality was good. The NYT: Ever since the financial crisis started, we’ve heard plenty from the 1 percent. We’ve heard them giving defensive testimony […]


E. Howard Hunt 2.0

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 12:55 pm by George Smith

Ex-NSA chief Keith Alexander, a man in the mold of E. Howard Hunt. From Politifact, via this blog, a week or so ago: During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to “ensure that his administration develops a Cyber Security Strategy that ensures that we have the ability to identify our attackers and a plan […]


It doesn’t matter how many times you send him up Golgotha

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Psychopath & Sociopath, WhiteManistan at 2:42 pm by George Smith

Jesus of America’s work is never done! Just over a month ago he was telling fables about how the poor are better off when you take their food and what little health care they may have away. Stoned for it, Jesus of America just laughed at Pontius Paul and all the nail drivers, saying slyly, […]

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