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Don midwest

monopolies to the left and right and top and bottom

Matt Stoller continues to follow small monopoly efforts

cheer leaders

horse shows

The Coming Collapse of a Cheerleading Monopolist
Antitrust lawyers filed a class action lawsuit against private equity-owned Varsity Brands, the organizing force behind competitive cheerleading.

article with 5 areas listed below. More in the article as well

Roll-Ups and Add-Ons and Buy-Outs, Oh My

About ten to fifteen years ago, I noticed that American life was getting harder in a bunch of subtle ways. More and more, dealing with problems, like hidden fees on hotel reservations, medical billing issues with my doctor, or problems with gift cards, meant working through increasingly annoying bureaucracies and automated phone trees. Same with filling out human resources forms at work. Many of my interactions with businesses as either a worker or consumer seemed to be coming straight out of the movie Office Space.

I didn’t really understand why until my physical therapist, a wonderful and smart businesswoman, told me about how her industry of independently owned practices was being bought out by a private equity firm. The service her small practice offered was great, with her therapists focused on dealing with the patient’s pain. But the private equity firm, she told me, was gradually buying out competitors in and around Maryland and DC, and corporatizing them. Health insurers made it tough to get reimbursements, so this private equity firm had better bargaining leverage. Corporatized therapy meant checklists and mistreating patients, ignoring their pain and getting them out the door (which would likely drive some of them to take opioids). These twin pressures, of rising market power and concentrated finance, seemed a good explanation for degraded service in a small but important industry.

here are the areas noted:

1) Portable Toilets

2. Prison Phone Services

3. Dentistry

4. Mixed Martial Arts

5. Mail Sorting Software

Can sign up to follow him. I have his book on monopolies which I have not read. I don’t follow his substack. Too much going on

humphrey

phatkhat
phatkhat

Black and brown children’s lives only have any value when they can be used as anti-choice propaganda. Otherwise, they have none at all to the establishment corporate state.

humphrey

This is not how you fight the covid-19 surge!

An excerpt from Trump’s Fox News interview.

President Trump on Sunday said the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci, is a “little bit of an alarmist” but denied that the White House is running a campaign against him amid rising coronavirus cases in a number of states.

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jcitybone

Naked Athena Faces Down Federal Cops at Portland Protest — and They Back Down

https://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-naked-athena-faces-down-federal-cops-at-portland-protest-and-they-back-down/

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humphrey

la58

Gandhi would be proud of this protester! And the Lady!

bleedingblue
bleedingblue

This appears to be the Navy Guy. He outed himself on DKOS

https://www.dailykos.com/comments/1961821/77995228#comment_77995228

Turn your audio on!

— Zakir Khan (@Muzzakh) July 19, 2020

bleedingblue
bleedingblue

Oops, that tweet didn’t embed.

humphrey

It is not your fault. It happens sometimes (I do not know why) but if you click on the date it becomes viewable.

bleedingblue
bleedingblue

I’ll try it again…

Here’s where you can follow Captain Portland: https://t.co/qsslfBkxcS

— Zakir Khan (@Muzzakh) July 19, 2020

bleedingblue
bleedingblue

Oh well 🙂

humphrey

I think the issue occurs when a tweet quotes another tweet.

jcitybone

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/portland-protests-trump-federal-officers-tear-gas-kidnapping-20200719.html

Portland — home to folks on both the far-right and the far-left, in a state with a white supremacist past that contrasts with its reputation for hipster liberalism — has been in many ways the perfect laboratory. Until the last couple of days, the national media — with few, if any, reporters based in the region’s second-largest city — had been slow to grasp what was happening, yet pro-Trump Fox News was right on top of it, leading its newscasts with tear gas rather than coronavirus bumbling.

It’s a strategy that won’t work, as evidenced by a slew of recent polls showing Trump trailing Biden by anywhere from 11 to 15 percentage points. Far too many Americans have lost someone or watched friends and family members get sick from COVID-19, or experienced job losses, to get really worked up about graffiti on a federal courthouse.

Instead, Trump’s dictatorial strongman shtick is simply eroding the rule of law in America to levels that were once unthinkable, and raising the prospect that someone will get killed, on top of the folks like Donavan LaBella already maimed.
This needs to stop before it spreads to Chicago, or New York, or Louisville, or, yes, Philadelphia. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tweeted that the unmarked federal forces in Portland are “stormtroopers” but the most powerful Democrat in Washington seems to have little or no plan for ending the program. Leaders in Oregon — including the state attorney general and the local ACLU — are suing to make the feds go home but even a victory may not prevent PACT from moving elsewhere. Meanwhile, protests are likely to escalate, which presumably is what Trump wants.

Yes, it’s more than a little ironic that all of this is unfolding on the very weekend that the greatest living American in the arena of civil rights, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, died at age 80 (and that we also lost another champion of democracy, the Rev. C.T. Vivian). Lewis had a complicated relationship with the type of left-wing activists leading the current protests in Portland but there’s no doubt that the late congressman — famously beaten by both angry mobs during 1961′s Freedom Rides and by Alabama troopers near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma four years later — would have been appalled at the government’s brutal crackdown on any form of dissent there.

“We are tired of being beaten by policemen,” Lewis said in his address to the 1963 March on Washington. “We are tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again. … I appeal to all of you to get into this great revolution that is sweeping this nation. Get in and stay in the streets of every city, every village and hamlet of this nation until true freedom comes, until the revolution of 1776 is complete.”

The air has been filled all weekend with political platitudes about Lewis, many of them from hypocrites who’ve devoted their political careers to fighting everything he stood for, from voting rights to basic human rights. There is so much work left undone to honor the legacy of this great man, but a simple start would be to get Trump’s tin soldiers out of Portland, today if possible

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orlbucfan

That result would not have gone down in FL.

wi62

Lady Godiva 2020 style

humphrey

jcitybone

https://slate.com/business/2020/07/600-dollar-benefits-going-away.html?sid=5893ee891e56037d1f8b463a&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=TheSlatest&utm_campaign=traffic

The U.S. economy appears to be headed for an iceberg in just over a week, thanks in part to a dumb technicality that Congress accidentally overlooked while passing its coronavirus relief legislation in March.

In theory, the $600 per week federal unemployment benefits that have been a crucial lifeline to families throughout the crisis were supposed to expire on July 31. That was the date most journalists, Capitol Hill staffers, and lawmakers initially marked in their brains as the deadline for passing another round of pandemic aid so that people who are out of work don’t see a sudden, massive drop in their income.

But it turns out everybody circled the wrong day. The problem is that July 31 is a Friday, and states pay unemployment benefits based on weeks that end on a Saturday or Sunday. As a result, the last week of this month won’t actually be covered by the $600 top off. The extra cash will disappear after July 26 in every single state.

Despite the overall success Washington has had getting aid to the jobless through this crisis, many Americans still appear to be suffering. More people are reporting trouble getting enough to eat. Households have been skipping loan payments, and many are worried that the U.S. may be on the verge of a housing crisis this summer as eviction moratoria are lifted. Cutting people off from aid will only make those problems worse, while pushing the wider economy into a deeper hole. There were about 32 million individuals on the unemployment rolls, according to the government’s most recent count. If the $600 boost disappears completely, they will still receive normal state benefits. But on average, their incomes could be cut by more than half.

Not that Republicans seem to care. Much of the party is still seemingly convinced that the $600 unemployment boost is preventing people from going back to work—a claim for which there is absolutely no evidence, and that is becoming ever more preposterous as states shut businesses like bars back down to deal with the resurgent coronavirus outbreaks. And while the White House has signaled that it would be willing to compromise on the issue by extending benefits at a lower rate—perhaps somewhere between $200 and $400 a week—there are still no real negotiations between the two parties in Congress. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he is planning to present a plan to his Republican colleagues next Monday, and only afterward share it with Democrats. (A source with Senate Democrats confirmed they’ve still received “zero outreach” from McConnell.) By the time the two sides can agree to something, there’s a good chance that these crucial benefits will have lapsed for at least a while. “Senator McConnell’s months-long refusal to engage in bipartisan talks on the next phase of federal relief legislation has created needless uncertainty and pain for millions of families who are still reeling from the public health and economic crises,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

So that’s where we are. The economy is en route to its date with the abyss. And all Democrats can do at the moment is beg the GOP to veer away.

Benny

wi62

Just asking that question is a signal on how far the US has fallen

Benny

phatkhat
phatkhat

Ms Lance Bottoms needs to run for Governor. She might succeed where Abrams failed. I have little use for Abrams, but she would have been better than Kemp, for sure.

jcitybone

phatkhat
phatkhat

I’m sick of all the lionizing of this corrupt old man. He may have been a leader in his youth, but when he went into politics, it was strictly business as usual. The CBC is a sham.

orlbucfan

He was pro Rayguns when it came to drug testing across the board. That was when they cranked up hair testing for pot. He knew AAs would be a major target.

magsview

Pete, swaying to the wind..

Benny

Trump demands payroll tax cut while GOP eyes benefit cuts for unemployed

President Trump sought to draw a hard line on the coronavirus relief bill Sunday, saying it must include a payroll tax cut and liability protections for businesses, as lawmakers prepare to plunge into negotiations over unemployment benefits and other key provisions in coming days.

“I would consider not signing it if we don’t have a payroll tax cut,” Trump said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” Democrats strongly oppose a payroll tax cut, and some Republicans have been cool to it, but Trump said “a lot of Republicans like it.”

More ways to defunding Social Security: death by a thousand cuts.

phatkhat
phatkhat

That’s it. The Trumplicans don’t have the sense to realize that if they don’t pay the payroll tax, they won’t have any SS when they get old. But this is probably not aimed at the little people, since it doesn’t matter that much in terms of take home pay. It’s to keep the big companies from paying that 7% on millions of workers. Another tax cut for the rich.

Don’t forget, he got the idea from Obummer.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/19/coronavirus-update-us/

With coronavirus cases rising across the country and the U.S. death toll topping 137,000, President Trump on Sunday dismissed concerns about the spike in infections, telling Fox News that “many of those cases shouldn’t even be cases.”

“Many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day,” the president told Fox News host Chris Wallace in an interview. “They have the sniffles and we put it down as a test.”

wi62

another misdiagnosis by dr Trumpcorp

humphrey

😜😄😁😂

Pro-Biden Super PAC Started By Former Top Bernie Aide Crashes & Burns

phatkhat
phatkhat

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Benny

To Kyle, touche’!

orlbucfan

I guess it was DNC brainwashing, yet again. Weaver is a bought off dumbazz.

wi62

True Berners wont support a superpac