04.10.11

Bred to be sociopaths

Posted in Permanent Fail at 11:51 am by George Smith

Obama’s toady, David Plouffe made the morning rounds of the news shows explaining how last week’s debacle was a victory for the President. His face a fixed smile, Plouffe repeated “win the future,” “come together,” “act like grownups” and “for the American people” so many times. robotic or ‘on message’ didn’t do it justice. He […]

04.04.11

Taxavoidination

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Made in China, Permanent Fail at 2:26 pm by George Smith

Here’s what always happens when a big corporate shibboleth has really bad publicity. About a week later a couple reporters from the ruling class will publish something contradictory. It was all a product of crappy reporting, they’ll indicate. And this will be used to stir the pot, get lots of eyeballs, and work toward guaranteeing […]

04.02.11

Why Should GE Have All the Fun?

Posted in Permanent Fail, Predator State at 7:55 am by George Smith

“Let’s say you set up business as a consultant or a contractor, something a lot of people have been doing these days. And, to make this a challenge on the tax front, let’s say you do well and take in about $150,000 in your first year.” How to pay no income tax if you earn […]

03.31.11

Truth in advertising

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Made in China, Rock 'n' Roll at 8:46 am by George Smith

See it now before it gets finked on and the corporate police come to drag it away. On YouTube, corporate America likes all the little future lickspittles who give big wet smooches to the television advertising. The other way round, not so much. Some will have noted that last night, on MSNBC, General Electric changed […]

03.29.11

GE & Jeffrey — the Tax Cheat Boogie

Posted in Permanent Fail, Rock 'n' Roll at 8:15 am by George Smith

Here’s the lead-in from a columnist at the Philly Inky, by way of Frank at Pine View Farm: Even the most specious arguments are granted legitimacy simply for having been made. Every opinion, however uninformed, is seen as inherently valuable. No argument is too preposterous or dishonest to share … It’s how so-called conservatives can […]

03.27.11

Sunday event log of permanent fail

Posted in Bombing Moe, Permanent Fail at 9:43 am by George Smith

From Bob Hebert at the New York Times: So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home. Welcome to America […]

03.24.11

Good Time for General Electric

Posted in Made in China, Permanent Fail, Predator State at 8:02 pm by George Smith

While looking through usage logs today I noticed an employee from General Electric corporate had spent an hour here. I’ve occasionally mentioned GE as a gigantic corporate whose new business model has a lot to do with economic parasitism despite two new strength-through-joy commercials, one with a prancing elephant on “ecomagination” and another with fake […]

03.11.11

Economic Treason: A Look at Wisconsin and arms manufacturing

Posted in Made in China, Permanent Fail at 1:44 pm by George Smith

“We’re broke!” is the GOP blandishment used to justify imposing hardship on the middle class as Republicans go about the work of transferring more and more wealth to the already very well off. A few days ago, in the case of Wisconsin I highlighted Scott Walker’s famous number – $137 million in an immediate shortfall […]

01.24.11

The Bullshit Manufacturer, part 4

Posted in Made in China, Stumble and Fail at 12:49 pm by George Smith

Krugman today: Still, you might say that talk of competitiveness helps Mr. Obama quiet claims that he’s anti-business. That’s fine, as long as he realizes that the interests of nominally “American” corporations and the interests of the nation, which were never the same, are now less aligned than ever before. Take the case of General […]

01.22.11

The Bullshit Manufacturer, part 3

Posted in Made in China, Stumble and Fail at 10:44 am by George Smith

Jeffrey Immelt, Obama’s new advisor, in the Washington Post: In the past two years, GE has created about 6,000 manufacturing jobs in the States, many resulting from investments in innovations such as advanced batteries, which we will make at our 100-year-old plant in Schenectady, N.Y. Wow. Six thousand whole jobs. About ten times the extras […]

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