The Consumerist lists 87 corporations that force you into binding arbitration in their customer contracts, thus "Taking Away Your Right to Sue." Spoiler alert: you'll recognize most of them -- and you can't get too far away from most of them, since they're so huge. Comcast and Charter both have forced arbitration clauses (with class-action bans!), and guess which two corporations now hold a virtual monopoly on American broadband cable services? Oh, and you want to go to Walgreen's instead of CVS? Well, they both have forced arbitration clauses, too. (Maybe you're lucky and you still have a Rite-Aid nearby -- or you live in North Dakota, where big-box pharmacies can't operate as such.)
It is always good to be reminded that CEOs make 276 times what the typical worker makes. Good news, though -- just 15 years ago, that statement would have read "376 times"! (Bad news, though -- the biggest gains on the graph occur during Bill Clinton's Presidency.) But you know what else it's good to be reminded about? That most Americans think that ratio is around 30 to 1 -- and would vastly prefer a ratio of around seven to one. I keep telling folks Americans are good people -- and, with effort, we can correct our countryfolk's mistaken impressions about how bad the income-redistribution-upward scheme is in America.
Dean Baker, writing at TruthOut, wonders if Uber will "go under" because of its unwillingness to expand to areas of America that might actually regulate it with some vigor. To which I say: we can only hope! Seriously, though, Uber objects to municipal requirements about fingerprinting and background checks. That's not very big and bold of them, is it? And since they pulled out of Austin, TX, six new companies have filled the gap. Competition! It's the American way! And it only came about because the good citizens of Austin forced their government to do something. Which means the way to more freedom might just be a more active government. I apologize in advance if that statement has caused any right-wingers' heads to explode.
The Koch brothers say they won't help Donald Trump win the election, but Adele M. Stan at AlterNet reminds us that the Koch brothers already are helping Mr. Trump -- by using their vaunted ground game to help downballot Republicans. "It’s as simple as this: If you get voters to the polls in order to vote for the Senate or House candidate of your choice, chances are good they’ll vote for the presidential candidate who appears on the same ticket. The Koch network’s favored candidates are, of course, all Republicans." I guess this is yet another reason why Gary Johnson is not an option for the Koch brothers (you know, in addition to "the Koch brothers only talk a good game about criminal justice reform and staying out of dumb wars.")
Finally, some bad news: U.S. District Court Judge throws out lawsuit from third-party Presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein aiming to get them into Presidential debates. Sadly, the judge's case looks sound -- the plaintiffs couldn't reasonably establish exactly what their "injuries" are, and when the plaintiffs argued that the Commission on Presidential Debates's 15 percent polling threshold for debate inclusion denied them their First Amendment rights, the Judge reminded them that the First Amendment protects them from their government and that the CPD is a private entity. I'm pretty sure someone thought of that back in the day, anticipating this very lawsuit.