Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty tweeted a chart, based on Credit Suisse data, showing that Russia is the world’s most unequal country. The wealth share of the top 10% is 83%. The share of the top 1% is 59%. Also in the top ten of most unequal are Thailand, Indonesia, India, Turkey, Chile, Sweden, Israel, Czech Repulic, and United States.
For the world as a whole 82% of the wealth is held by the top 10% and 45% of the wealth is held by the top 1%.
Chuck Wending tweeted a thread to remind us there will be renewed calls for civility. Ignore them.
Civility is for normalcy. When things are normal and working as intended, civility is part of maintaining balance. But when that balance is gone, civility does not help return it but rather, destabilize it further. Because your civility gives them cover for evil.
They will tell you to smile, that we need to get back to business, that we gotta heal the rift and blah blah blah — but that’s the desire of a savvy bully, who wants you to stop crying after he hit you, who wants you not to fight back. But you can cry. And you can fight back.
Ahmed has an upcoming book, the Middle East Crisis Factory. He tweeted:
The 2 current flashpoints in the ME are Iraq & Lebanon, both currently protesting selfish, corrupt & incompetent govts entrenched by a broken sectarian political system. Govts flailing.
This is a totally different phase - other countries had to overthrow a single dictator, but in these nominal democracies there isn't one - it's either systemic change or nothing. And the protestors fully understand that.
Mark Sumner of the Daily Kos staff reports the biggest private coal company in America is going bankrupt. This is Murray Energy, owned by Robert Murray. Mr. Murray is known for forcing employees to be props in nasty guy rallies and being indifferent to the health and lives of employees on the job.
The basic reason for the bankruptcy is that it is now less expensive to build natural gas and renewable energy plants from scratch than it is to maintain a coal plant. All of the nasty guy’s reversal of environmental and employee protections won’t change that.
The top publicly traded coal companies in the U.S. have all passed through Chapter 11 over the last few years, and all but a handful have come back leaner, not-cleaner, and both free from major obligations to miners and shorn of debts to both suppliers and states.
Trump also hasn’t done a thing to secure miners’ jobs, safety, or health, or to protect the funds that are supposed to be used to reclaim the land when mining is complete. But his deregulations are allowing guys like Murray to skim every last penny from a failing industry.
Mark Zuckerberg, head of Facebook, has said that his social media platform won’t take down political advertising that’s based on lies. Eric Boehleert of the Daily Kos community says that’s a gift to the GOP and the nasty guy. The GOP brand is based on lies. They wouldn’t get elected if they told the truth. So if Facebook refuses to block ads based on lies, Zuckerberg is favoring the GOP.
Boehlert sees Zuckerberg’s actions as a response to GOP bullying. And the GOP is bullying because it is claiming Facebook has a progressive bias – another lie.
Ever since gun attacks have become a big thing the shooters have been described as a “lone wolf.” The media likes that term. But, as David Neiwert of Daily Kos explains, these “solitary” actors are usually deeply connected to movements, usually white supremacist. These movements encourage solitary attacks. They are not “isolated incidents” as media and law enforcement like to claim. They are likely the latest act of terror by white nationalists.