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President Grandpa. Wonkagenda For Mon., Dec. 10, 2018

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Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.


Well, it looks like grandpa got up and immediately started yelling at the TV on the interwebs this morning...

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Jerome Corsi is suing Robert Mueller, the NSA, CIA, FBI and DOJ for a total of $350 million after Mueller circulated draft documents that said Corsi lied to federal investigators. Corsi says his lies about lying are lies, and everyone is a lying liar, so he's tapped Judicial Watch's Larry Klayman to smear his crap around the court.

WaPo has a good rundown of all the shady Russians Trump was COLLUDING with during the 2016 campaign. There's a hell of a lot of them!

Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign manager, has an op-ed in WaPo further reviewing all the shady COLLUSION that went down during the election. Mook reminds us that the Trump campaign and its minions asked -- and later bragged -- about their support from the Kremlin, but nobody took the threat of foreign interference as seriously as HER EMAILS.

On Saturday Trump created another distraction by announcing John Kelly was being "You're Fired" retiring at the end of the year. It WAS widely believed he'd be replaced with Mike Pence's smarmy chief of staff, 36-year-old Nick Ayers, but less than 24 hours later Ayers declined the gig. Maggie Haberman gossips that Ayers decided to go back to Georgia to be with his family, but the rumor mill just off the Hill speculates he wants to run for office and didn't feel like killing his career. Somewhere between blowjobs, Jonathan Swann heard that Trump wants House Freedom crazy Mark Meadows to ruin his future lobbying prospects by serving as his chief of staff. Reports are all over the place right now, human meatball/Acting AG Matthew Whitaker, CFPB dingus Mick Mulvaney, crumb-bum Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin, shady hedgefundy Wayne Berman, and even neo-nationalist dicknoodle Robert Lighthizer are all being considered. Ayers has said he's willing to hang around through the spring, but Trump wants a two year loyalty pledge, and it's anyone's guess who in DC would be dumb enough to eat shit sandwiches through 2020.

Jared Kushner's bromance with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has continued even after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. According to the New York Times, the Saudis knew damn well that Kushner was A Idiot, and MBS purposely got close to Trump's spawn-in-law by buying weapons and shacking up in Trump trash palaces just as he was pulling his own coup.

Following a massive rollback in advocacy and awareness campaigns, enrollment in Obamacare is down 11 percent compared to last year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. You've got ONE WEEK LEFT to sign up, just be sure to read the fine print!

At least 16 different companies and 300 drugs are now involved in an ALLEGED massive price-fixing scheme to control the cost of generic prescription drugs. New documents in a lawsuit accusing the companies appear to show executives getting chummy and shh-wasted, and agreeing not to compete with one another on the open market when they jack up prices for 3,400 percent.

Because it's not enough to build a wall or bar immigrants from entering the US, the Trump administration wants to charge $50 to apply for asylum.

Roll Call has a roundup of the 15 anti-Pelosi House Democrats. Pelosi can't afford to lose any more votes in her favor, so she's now trying to convince some of them to vote "present" in order to move things along.

Wisconsin governor-elect Tony Evers went on Meet the Press to call state Republican efforts to screw his incoming administration during the lame duck session "a hot mess." Evers revealed that he had spoken with the used car salesman pretending to be governor, Scott Walker, about the bills, but received a "noncommittal" response. [Video]

After students were unable to pay for their school lunches, Cranston Public Schools in Rhode Island has turned the outstanding lunch debt over to a collection agency. The school district COO, Raymond Votto Jr., says students with more than $20 in debt will start getting debt collection letters. #MAGA

In a less than ironic twist, the Trump administration plans to push coal and other fossil fuels at a Polish climate change conference intended to reduce the use of fossil fuels. It's being hosted in a small coal-mining city entirely dependent on the coal industry, and held in a pavilion that's literally made from coal. The administration is also joining Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait in challenging a UN report to cut carbon emissions within the next 10 years in order to avoid The Day After Tomorrow.

Robert Lighthizer went on Face the Nation to say it's a total coincidence the CFO of shady Chinese telecom Huawei was arrested in Canada and charged with violating US sanctions while Trump learns trade wars are hard to win. This is a criminal justice matter, Lighthizer started with a straight face, "It is totally separate from anything I work on or anything that trade policy people in the administration work on."

WaPo has a great photo essay and lengthy 'splainer about all the autocrats seizing power in Europe, just like they did decades ago. The only difference between the old'n timey days and now is that it's happening at an alarming rate.

The EU's high court says Britain doesn't have to dump the EU if it suddenly had a change of heart, increasing calls to abandon Brexit. Making matters even more terrifying, Andy Serkis dressed as British Prime Minister Theresa May and did a monologue in his Gollum voice about her precioussssss Brexit deal. "Control, money, borders, laws ... BLUE PASSPORTSES!"

WaPo's Fact Checker has introduced the "Bottomless Pinocchio" for politicians who repeat the same lie so much that they are "engaging in campaigns of disinformation." The paper clarifies claims must have already received three or four Pinocchios, and been repeated at least 20 times, adding, "Twenty is a sufficiently robust number that there can be no question the politician is aware his or her facts are wrong." Naturally, there's about 40 different statements from Trump that have been awarded a "Bottomless Pinocchio."

NPR has been using temps to produce news stories for flagship newscasts as a way to get cheap labor and avoid union contracts in the increasingly shitty world of journalism. One temp tells WaPo, "You feel like you have the boyfriend who's never going to put a ring on it." This is some bullshit!

People in Hollywood are literally losing their shit over Trump's star on the Walk of Fame. Besides the poop and graffiti, there's been performance art for-and-against Trump, including a number of people who keep trying to deport Trump's star.

An Irish woman who spent thousands of pounds to turn herself into a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator has decided to end her marriage with a Haitian ghost pirate. Back in 2014, the woman said she "wasn't really cool with having casual sex" with a ghost, and now says that people should be "VERY careful" when they start banging ghosts.

Somebody released a Roger Ailes documentary over the weekend, and it only grossed $12,431. :(

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HarlandCorbin
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I still think that he's specifically saying "no collusion" because there's a legal definition of collusion that the general populace isn't familiar with.
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People Are Refusing to Use Self-Checkout Because It’ll “Kill Jobs”

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These shoppers are refusing to use self-checkout lines because they're worried they'll lead to job loss — and because machines don't pay taxes.

Fighting The Tide

A new story by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation looks at a group of people who are fighting the future: shoppers who refuse to use self-checkout lines because they’re worried they’ll lead to job loss.

“They’re trying to basically herd everyone in, get everyone used to the self-checkouts to continuously cut down on staff,” said Dan Morris, one of the people the public broadcaster interviewed. “Machines don’t pay taxes, they don’t pay into the pension plan.”

Doing Lines

CBC‘s reporting comes during a precipitous era for retail automation. Online sellers like Amazon have come to dominate consumer commerce over the past two decades, and some companies that have attained mastery in that space — including Amazon and Walmart — are now turning their attention back to the real world, where they’re working to use sensors and artificial intelligence to open stores that have no cashiers at all.

Whether that’s a future consumers want is a more complex question. CBC‘s story about self-checkout abstainers was inspired by a study from last week that found that only 11 percent of Canadian shoppers use self-checkout regularly. And that’s without getting into theft from self-checkout systems, a topic the Atlantic explored in depth earlier this year.

Meme Left

The CBC pointed to a Facebook meme that’s racked up hundreds of thousands of shares with the admonition to “never use a self checkout” because they “kill jobs” — and, as Morris pointed out, they don’t contribute to payroll taxes.

It’s tough to argue with that logic, but history has shown that many consumer boycott campaigns sputter. Perhaps the buyers avoiding self-checkout, more than seeking systemic change, are just trying to navigate an increasingly complex world of interconnected personal choices.

“Maybe the little bit we do makes no difference at all,” said Peggy Eburne, another shopper the CBC talked to. “But we like to stand by what we believe in.”

READ MORE: ‘They kill jobs’: Meet Canadians who refuse to use self-checkout [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]

More on jobs of the future: Here Are the Jobs of the Future That Robots Won’t Be Able to Fill

The post People Are Refusing to Use Self-Checkout Because It’ll “Kill Jobs” appeared first on Futurism.

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HarlandCorbin
5 days ago
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I don't use self-checkout. I don't want to kill jobs.
Does the store pay me in some way for dealing with the annoying machines or bagging my own stuff? No.
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mareino
5 days ago
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I also refuse to eat food that was farmed using tractors, wear clothes that were made in factories, and read mail that traveled by car. Job killers, all of 'em.
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HarlandCorbin
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How to deal with an open office.
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Tax revenue from legalized marijuana eyed for subway repairs

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The legalization and taxation of marijuana could garner $670 million annually for New York that could help fund subway repairs

State and city officials have started entertaining a new method of funding dire repairs to the subway, the New York Times reports. In addition to implementing congestion pricing in some areas of Manhattan, some local leaders are leaning into using the taxes from legalized marijuana for boosting subway repairs.

The MTA estimates it will cost upwards of $40 billion over ten years to bring the subway into the 21st century (or, at least, some kind of working order.) But $40 billion is just a drop in the bucket of what taxes from legalized marijuana in New York are projected to reach: A report released in June by the governor’s health commissioner found that legalizing pot could generate up to $670 million in annual tax revenue for the state.

One of the major benefits of using tax revenue from pot is that, as a new revenue stream, it would not be diverting funds from other public services. A new report by NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, authored by Mitchell L. Moss, also notes that the revenue source has the potential for growth in future decades.

A handful of local officials have informally endorsed the idea—City Council Speaker and possible 2021 mayoral candidate Corey Johnson among them. “The biggest issue we hear about as elected officials is the state of the subway system,” Johnson told the Times. “To be able to tie these things together is something that could be highly impactful and potentially transformative.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who oversees the MTA, has neither announced support for or opposition to the concept. But using tax revenue from marijuana legalization is one of about a dozen ideas being explored by a 10-person panel called the Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup that’s been convened by state lawmakers. Those on the panel include State Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens, who supports marijuana legalization; former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; and MTA Board Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer.

In June, a study commissioned by Governor Cuomo by the state’s health commissioner recommended legalizing marijuana, citing the $670 million in annual tax revenue. The Rudin Center report also found that 62 percent of Americans now support legalizing marijuana. “[T]he situation on marijuana is changing,” Cuomo said, noting that the neighboring states of Massachusetts and New Jersey are moving forward with plans to legalize pot.

The Rudin Center report put out some searing words on the issue: “New York State is not a leader, but it need not be a laggard.”

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HarlandCorbin
9 days ago
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Not sure that the author understands "a drop in the bucket". $40 billion over 10 years averages to $400 million a year. Estimates are up to $670 million a year in revenue to the state. So the NYC subway is expected to use 2/3 or more of the state's yearly tax take?

I know that New York State is really New York City and its big back yard, but this seems pretty ridiculous.
skorgu
9 days ago
The counties served by the NYCT alone are 43% of the state population. Add MNR and LIRR and it's ~68%. The suburb counties probably shouldn't count 100% in this analysis but they definitely shouldn't be 0 either IMO. 2/3 may not be workable in reality but as a negotiating position it seems reasonable. *shrug*
HarlandCorbin
8 days ago
I guess I never realized just how much of NYS' population is really tied up in the NYC metro area. Still, it seems unworkable that 2/3 of the revenue for a statewide tax would go to one part of the state, but the rest of the state gets drowned out by NYC I suppose. Also, as I read somewhere else, some of the revenue will have to go to managing the new marketplace and regulatory oversight. That's going to thin out the available money. I'm not saying that NYC transit doesn't need the money, I know it does, but that it doesn't sound workable to me in the way proposed.
skorgu
8 days ago
It's even worse if you look at dollars instead of people. The NYC metro area is either 2/3 or 80+% of the state tax revenue: https://www.politifact.com/new-york/statements/2018/feb/01/robert-mujica/do-downstate-ny-residents-contribute-more-income-t/ That said, I agree it's never going to happen because the city gets comprehensively screwed at every opportunity because politics.
skorgu
9 days ago
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An obviously good idea so I can't wait to see how Cuomo fucks it up.
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Raven: An Open Source Desktop RSS Reader

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raven reader rss reader layoutRaven is a relatively new open source RSS reader app for Windows, macOS and Linux (hurrah) that I’ve been eager to try out. This week I finally found some time to dig into this deliciously well designed desktop RSS feed reader, and in this post I’ll provide you with an overview of what it does, […]

This post, Raven: An Open Source Desktop RSS Reader, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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HarlandCorbin
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I like my web-based RSS reader, thankyouverymuch!
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(307): Give me like 5, I have to...

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(307): Give me like 5, I have to feed a moose and find my pants.
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HarlandCorbin
10 days ago
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I've never heard that euphemism before. I wonder what "to feed a moose" means?
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