The economy created a hair over 225,000 jobs in January, and suddenly Donald Trump is all happy about the jobs reports he previously criticized as "phony." But of course he did all that on purpose, so that his votaries can squeal ZOMG HE CUT TEH UNEMPLOYMENT RATEZ FROM TEH 42 PERCENTZ TO TEH FIVE PERCENTZ DO TEH HEILZ!!!!!! And when they do, you probably won't be looking right at the Department of Labor's website -- though bookmarking it now might help!
Most spokeshacks who described a terrorist "massacre" that never occurred would find themselves out of a job posthaste, but not in Donald Trump's America, and certainly not in Donald Trump's Administration. Kellyanne Conway is doing exactly what Mr. Trump wants her to do -- help him create an alternate reality in voters' minds so he looks better in four years. There'll be no Bowling Green Massacres under President Trump, that's for sure! Until there are, at which point he'll blame everyone but himself for it.
Speaking of the big man, yes, President Trump literally said he wants to reverse financial services reform because his "friends" "with nice businesses" "can't borrow money." I know about 25% of the electorate, being bat-guano insane, lives vicariously through Dear Leader and would also make big decisions based on what their own "friends" told them, but surely the rest of us can make a bigger noise than they can. And look! Lately, we have been -- I guess the other side only spray-paints swastikas on synagogues when they're flush with victory.
Wired wonders whether -- times being, as I've said, interesting -- you might want to get yourself a burner phone. Thus follows a list of a few burner phones, which sure have improved -- some are getting to be like smartphones anymore! -- plus the Burner App which can disguise your phone number. I bet more than a few scam artists are using that app already, though. Seriously, if I thought of it, it must be happening now.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), in a completely unsurprising development, says he'll vote for Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, thus virtually ensuring a 50-50 vote in the Senate that Ms. DeVos will win when Vice President Pence breaks the tie. Dig the ridiculous framing, though, both from Sen. Toomey -- who suggests that only his opinion of Ms. DeVos matters! -- and the article itself, which claims that he's upset "the left," and not, you know, the majority.
Finally, Christa Hillstrom at Yes! magazine describes the Northeast Investment Cooperative of Minneapolis, MN, "a first-of-its-kind co-op in the United States that pools members’ money to invest in commercial real estate." Some 200 local residents own property, share in the decision-making and the profits, and help keep local businesses thriving. They're hoping to export the model to other states, and I certainly would prefer a co-op to a bankster owning property they only bought so they can squeeze money out of it. I wish the NIC luck.