A limerick for the insanity we are living, from Skip Tenczar
A man is accused of killing his dear spouse,
It’s a sordid tale that rivals Doctor Faust.
After his wife went unaccounted,
Her ballot was then strangely counted
With a vote for Donald Trump signed by the dirty louse.
Part one: a conversation with Justice reporter at slate.com Mark Stern
We discuss the Supreme Court's decision to accept a case from Mississippi , set up as a “lose fast in the appellate courts so we can get to the Supreme Court” kind of case. This case could reverse the Roe v. Wade decision. If so, it would signal a very aggressive move to change 'watershed' rules from the past. The likely decision would come just before the 2022 elections.
Elena Kagan Has Had Enough of Brett Kavanaugh’s Judicial “Scorekeeping” and The Supreme Court's savviest liberal justice is done pulling punches. Bio: Mark Stern is a justice writer for Slate.com
The Supreme Court Is Taking Direct Aim at Roe v. Wade
Part two: a conversation with Editor at large, Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect
The wealthiest people in the US saw a rise in their wealth of 55% over the last year. Corporations are flush with cash. Rather than reinvest in their capital assets, or even pay more to the workers, they have chosen to buy back stock, thus providing more cash to stock holders, and to pay their executives more.
We also discuss the situation in Israel/Palestine, and how public opinion is reacting to this here in the US and in Israel. The status quo will not be sustainable in the future.
Links: The Return of the Buyback—and Mississippi Rules
nugget: For all Americans eager for a return to economic normality, here’s some welcome news: Buybacks are back!As The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, “after a year of hoarding cash, American corporations are ready to reward investors again.”And how! Citing a survey from Goldman Sachs, the Journal said that so far this year, American companies have bought back a tidy $504 billion of their own shares, which is the highest level of repurchases in at least the past 22 years. After watching their cash pile up during the past year of underinvestment, “we’re buying back stock because our cup runneth over,” said JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon.
Failed State (Israel) vs. Failed Non-Sovereign State (Palestine) https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/failed-state-israel-vs-failed-non-sovereign-state-palestine/