Good news in the battle against monopoly power: not only has our DOJ (and three state Attorneys General) sued to stop the proposed JetBlue/Spirit merger, but Transportation Secretary Buttigieg announced his department would also move against the merger, and, as you may recall, Transportation can stop a merger without even going to court to do it. So American corporatists are saying et tu, Pete Buttigieg? as we speak. I don’t think the Biden Administration’s picking low-hanging fruit here, either, because Spirit is actually a good airline trying to get market share the old-fashioned way: by offering good service at lower prices. Certainly don’t get too upset that JetBlue’s stock prices fell, because America has to stop worshiping at the altar of the stock market. The stock market is not the be-all-end-all of our economy, it measures speculation more than anything else, and Our Glorious Elites have conditioned us to treat it like a big game decades before DraftKings brought sports gambling to every cellphone.
Cops arrest protestors for “domestic terrorism” at the infamous Cop City site in an Atlanta forest, and how good is their case against them? This good: “The probable cause stated in the warrants against the activists is extremely weak. Police cited arrestees having mud on their shoes – in a forest. The warrants alleged they had written a legal support phone number on their arms, as is common during mass protests. And, in a few cases, police alleged protesters were holding shields – hardly proof of illegal activity – which a number of defendants even deny.” And thus we learn that their aim is not to send protestors to jail, but to make them fight their charges, because the more they have to fight their charges, the less they can fight the cops. I always said they’d come after us with “terrorism” charges, and I was right. But please, right-wingers, tell us again how you support our police! And ask yourself if you’d support them if they treated you this way. And if you respond “they would never treat me this way,” ask yourself if there really should be one law for you and another for people you disagree with.
NPR reports on medical tourism in Mexico, with a shallow attachment to a ZOMG TEH CRIME WAVEZ!!!!! news hook (at least one of the four South Carolina residents abducted in Mexico earlier in March went there for a tummy tuck) and some rather incomplete information. Yes one would imagine follow-up care would be difficult if you get an operation in a foreign country, but the article cites CDC advisories about infections in countries that aren’t Mexico I wonder why, and anyway what are Mexico’s nosocomial infection rates vis a vis the U.S.? The article does not tell us, and we did just learn more about how bad some American hospitals can be. You remember, cockroaches in the operating room? OK, they were Florida hospitals, but Florida is still a part of America at the present time. Anyway, why do we have medical tourism again? Oh, right: because our health insurance industry does its damnedest not to pay for your medical needs. It’s not because getting a tooth pulled in Mexico City is on anyone’s bucket list, that’s for sure.