Two Congressfolk propose the Wage and Garnishment Equity (or WAGE) Act, which would set limits on what creditors could do to low-income borrowers. The critical reform, here, would be new limits on creditors garnishing your bank accounts -- creditors can presently take 25% of your after-tax paycheck, but they can take 100% of it if you put it in the bank. I eagerly await the whining from the just-shut-up-and-pay-your-debts crowd, who will pretend that there are absolutely positively no predators among banksters and creditors, and who also pretend that "free markets" only means freedom for the market's biggest actors, and not everyone.
Speaking of which, Jim Naureckas at FAIR finds the New York Times publishing an op-ed by JP Morgan Chase CEO/whiny bankster Jamie Dimon about how he's going to raise his corporation's minimum wage for 18,000 employees to "between $12 and $16.50 an hour...depending on geographic and market factors." Kudos to you if you also recognized "I don't wanna" as a potential "market" factor. But Chase doesn't have 18,000 employees; it has more than 240,000, and not all of them are CEOs who make $27 million annually, as Mr. Dimon did in 2015, so BFD. Also, Mr. Naureckas reminds us that New York City's minimum wage will be $15/hour by 2019, and California's will be $12/hour by then, so, like, double-BFD.
Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), lately indicted by the Department of Justice on fraud charges, says the DOJ should have been investigating the Orlando shooter instead of her. You'll recognize that as self-serving right off, of course, but it's also extraordinarily poor reasoning, as it implies that the DOJ can only carry out one investigation at a time. It also implies that the crime alleged by the indictment -- using a charity supposedly established to help poor students go to school as a slush fund for Ms. Brown and her cronies -- is small potatoes, which it's not. It's profoundly morally, ethically, and spiritually corrupt, in fact.
Any of y'all playing Pokemon Go? No? Well, you're probably better off, since iPhone users (and some Android users), in order to use the app, must give it permission to access their Google account in its entirety, including your email, browsing history, location data, and any other data Google stores and/or can access. If you go on a Google hunt, you can find a workaround, but there's no excuse for an app compromising your private data that much -- certainly "using an outdated sign-on process" isn't an excuse. The good news? The app may be updated shortly, though probably only because everyone's using it.
Finally, remember when we heard that Republicans might be scrapping their implacable opposition to gay marriage in its platform? Well, scratch that: the platform's most recent draft, among other things, bars women from military combat, smiles on state "bathroom" bills, supports "conversion" "therapy" for gays though it doesn't have the guts to come out and say so, and refers to coal as "clean" energy. Oh, and the platform also calls for building an actual wall along the U.S./Mexico border, not a "digital" wall, as former Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested earlier this week. Mr. Trump sure is going to be in big trouble at the debates if he hasn't read this platform by then.