Wells-Fargo CEO standing beside two huge carts of mail to mailroom worker:  One holds pink slips for our conniving customer service workers.  The other carries fat performance bonus for our high-achieving senior management team.  Don't mix them up.


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15 September 2016 · Comments Off on The Rich Are Different from You and Me · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Get out of Jail free card
They carry the very special invitation-only orange card.

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12 September 2016 · Comments Off on Thom Spikes the Hype about TPP · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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01 September 2016 · Comments Off on Overlords · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Uncle Sam with hat out before huge desk.  Plutocrat labeled

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28 August 2016 · Comments Off on Only in It for the Money, Reprise · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Lifeguard holding life preserver and labeled


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28 August 2016 · Comments Off on A. Workers in China · Categories: Geek Stuff, Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Q. Who polishes the Apple?

El Reg reports

. . . according to watchdog group China Labor Watch . . . the Cupertino giant has asked the companies that assemble its products to cut their own costs, and those demands have led them to cut back on worker pay and factory conditions.

(snip)

“Currently, Apple’s profits are declining, and the effects of this decline have been passed on to suppliers. To mitigate the impact, Pegatron has taken some covert measures to exploit workers.”

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28 August 2016 · Comments Off on Only In It for the Money · Categories: Health Care, Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Wendell Potter doesn’t try to hide his disgust at Aetna’s antics.

Health insurers . . . once again are demonstrating that nothing—absolutely nothing—is more important to them than making their rich shareholders even richer.

If that means making it more difficult for low- and middle-income Americans to get the medical care they need, so be it. “Too bad, so sad,” to use a phrase one of my former colleagues used to say when people complained about the way health insurers routinely screw their customers.

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In fact, it is Aetna’s government business (Medicare and Medicaid–ed.) that is the only segment that is growing. Aetna and most of the other for-profit insurers have been losing private-paying customers on a regular basis for some time. But not to worry. As long as Uncle Sam has the Medicare and Medicaid faucets wide open and flowing straight into the insurers’ bank accounts, they couldn’t care less.

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26 August 2016 · Comments Off on Original Spin · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Image:  Conservatives believe that individuals can't be moral unless restrained by authority, but corporations will be virtuous without regulation.

Via Rants from the Rookery.

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25 August 2016 · Comments Off on The Fee Hand of the Market (Update) · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Monopoly: it’s not just a game; it’s a business plan.

Title:  EpiPen Demonstration:  Man holding Epipen:  The EpiPen is a safe method of stopping Anaphylactic shock.  Anaphylactic shock can be induced by a number of causes.   For example, suppose you just read that the cost of the EpiPen just increased by 600% and the Big Pharma CEO producing it got a $17 million raise. (Man stabs himself with EpiPen).

Addendum, Later that Same Day:

At The Guardian, Liz Richardson Voyles writes of living with her daughter’s food allergies, which necessitates having EpiPens in the ready. A snippet:

American policymakers just woke up to a reality many American families have been living for years: the US medical system is tilted so far in favor of drug companies, that those reliant on life-saving medications are at the mercy of pharmaceutical manufacturers’ nearly limitless desire to line their pockets. I am a mother in one of those families.

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18 August 2016 · Comments Off on In No Way Related . . . . · Categories: Health Care, Mammon, Masters of the Universe

AETNA spokesperson to rural man:  As a rural person, I'm sure you can understand our decision to pull out . . . . (man clutches chest) We were losing money in your county.  (Man is in hosptal bed)  It had nothing to do with the Feds blocking our merger with Humana.  (Man in cemetery plote)  Oh, I see you've already found another provider.


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17 August 2016 · Comments Off on “My Way or the Highway” · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe, Too Venal for Words

CEO’s have temper tantrums too.

Via Mother Jones.

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07 August 2016 · Comments Off on The Expendables · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

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04 August 2016 · Comments Off on Career Paths · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Danae:  Daddy, can you explain to Lucy why there aren't any monsters under the bed.  Father:  Yeah.  They all crawled out years ago and went into banking.  Now go to sleep.  Lucy:  I can never tell when he's joking.  Danae:  Adults like it that way.


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26 June 2016 · Comments Off on The World Is Their Oyster (and Their Oyster Knives Are in Hock) · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Graduating students taking selfie see large bags of

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I was lucky. My parents paid for my college education. Back in the olden days, when I was a young ‘un, that was indeed possible for middle class families. Hell, when I was a young ‘un, there was still a “middle class.”

That was before college tuition became incredibly expensive and student loans became an instrument for perpetuating penury and paying for banksters’ country-club memberships.

Aside:

I got a letter today asking me to contribute to some memorial for Ronald Reagan. I shall answer it with an envelope full of subscription cards for The Nation, hoping that the senders will read it and learn something.

But they won’t.

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