When I hear that the state of Montana will no longer offer the enhanced unemployment benefits after June 27 because "(n)early every sector in our economy faces a labor shortage," per Gov. Gianforte, I feel compelled to ask: is no one considering the possibility that folks won't get jobs because the jobs don't pay enough? You don't live like a king on unemployment benefits, but trying to pay people in dung pellets ain't gonna move a lot of behinds. And gosh, can our "liberal" media maybe consider this in their reporting? It wasn't that long ago that "offer workers more money" was a strategy corporations would moot out loud.
Right-wing organization continues its "audit" of Maricopa County (AZ) 2020 election votes, applying some very strange practices that could well be part of an effort to lie that the Democrats somehow stole the election. Earlier an Arizona Republic reporter caught them with blue pens (which can change ballots) in the auditorium where they're conducting the "audit," and the UV rays they're casting on ballots could erase marks as well; in any case, maybe we should look for fraud on the other side, since the worst President in American history somehow finished within half a percentage point of Mr. Biden in Arizona. (We have since learned that they're using UV rays to find bamboo in mail-in ballots. Get it, bamboo? Because China? People who would yell at you for calling them "racist" are yukking it up at that one.)
From Judd Legum at Popular Information we learn that even without Donald Trump, right-wing news sites (or perhaps "news" sites!) are absolutely crushing on Facebook. By my count, a mere six of the top 15 news sites getting the most Facebook "engagements" (clicks, likes, shares, etc.) are either center or center-left; the rest are hard right, and if you've never heard of The Daily Wire or Western Journal or Rumble, I wouldn't blame you. I provide this public service announcement in case anyone you know still thinks Facebook is actually censoring right-wingers.
Patrick Cockburn at Counterpunch says "Britain Risks Cementing in Power a Corrupt and Incompetent Government (i.e., Boris Johnson's) in Undeserved Gratitude for the Vaccine." And if you're thinking "no one's thanking Donald Trump for the vaccine in America," remember also that he's out of office; Mr. Johnson's term doesn't end until 2024, which, sadly, leaves plenty of time for good Britons to get used to him, particularly since Labour has replaced Mr. Corbyn with yet another moderate. (If Scotland gains independence before then -- not probable, admittedly -- Labour will be even deeper in the muck.)
Finally, in yet another reminder that if you've come to today's conservative movement for calm, sober, adult thought, you've come to the wrong place, Tucker Carlson slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for failing to disclose a living arrangement with noted right-wing consultant Frank Luntz -- without mentioning that Mr. Luntz once employed Mr. Carlson's brother Buckley, and their working relationship apparently did not end well. So, he sucks up to Donald Trump by slamming Kevin McCarthy and settles a personal score with Frank Luntz? Sounds like a win-win! For Tucker Carlson, of course; not for anyone else. No truth to the rumor, by the way, that he has four other brothers named Chumley, Badges, Charles Maurras, and Taz.