Kate Aronoff at In These Times thinks both the TPP and TTIP "free" trade deals may be "dead in the water." It'd be nice to think so -- Germany's Vice Chancellor says TTIP is dead, Mitch McConnell says the Senate won't vote on it in the lame duck, and even my state's junior Senator, Pat Toomey, who never met a "free" trade deal he didn't like, has written me a lengthy letter explaining why he opposes the TPP -- but we have to remember that Our Glorious Elites are very, very desperate people right now, and they won't hesitate to ram these deals through the minute they think we're not ready. So we're going to be ready, now and after Election Day.
The state of California and the EPA prepare to inject more toxic waste into state groundwater, even though groundwater reserves have accounted for some 60% of all water consumed there over the last three years. Specifically, the EPA allows disposal of toxic waste wells into some 700,000 waste wells across America, when we can't guarantee they won't hit groundwater, which California officials admit they already have. Plus, you know, they're already spraying toxic wastewater on your strawberries. But please, Donald Trump, tell us again how there's no drought in California and all water shortages are caused by regulations protecting a "three-inch fish."
Molly Knefel at TruthOut thinks we may be at, or approaching, "A Turning Point for the Charter School Movement" -- as in, the moment where our society doesn't accept its snake oil relatively uncritically. What's changed? More reporting on charter school corruption and racism, both of which have flourished under the precise opposite of the public oversight we were all promised. Sad that it's come to this, though -- there never should have been a "charter school movement" in America to begin with, and Democratic politicians deserve upwards of half the blame for that movement ever becoming dominant in our discourse. But are we really there? Voters in Massachusetts won't decide this November whether to outlaw charter schools, but whether to lift the cap on the number of charters schools Massachusetts can have or not, and I'm not entirely sure that's progress.
You weren't planning on doing this, but Ashlee Kieler at The Consumerist reminds us that buying EpiPen on eBay is a terrible idea. For one thing, selling it without a prescription is illegal, and for another thing, you don't know if you're buying an expired package, a package that's been tampered with, or a package that's empty -- none of which you want to find out right after a bee sting. Of course, eBay policies forbid this sort of thing, too, but EpiPen ads are still popping up. Maybe eBay should hire more human workers to keep up with this sort of thing; after all, I understand many good Americans still need jobs.
Finally, Richard Eskow at the OurFuture blog picks apart a Megan McArdle piece alleging that "health care is a business, not a right." It's a pretty masterful dissection -- even the subtler ad hominem attacks are entirely appropriate -- but it's also worth nothing that folks like Ms. McArdle really aren't interested in protecting "business" so much as in protecting greed. Or, to put it another way, folks like Ms. McArdle want the greedy to have more rights than the rest of us, such that the rest of us find exercising our rights a lot harder -- which may make certain individuals more free, but makes most of us less free.