Michael Levitin at The Atlantic informs us that "Occupy Wall Street Did More Than You Think." Now, the movement didn't "appear to vanish" so much as President Obama used federal law enforcement to break it up, but it did help change the conversation about the rich -- from THEY ARE TEH GREATESTEZ!!!!! to the more-accurate they live off our labor like parasites -- and it spurred a new generation of liberal activists from the Fight for $15 to Black Lives Matter. And if Occupy never materialized into a wave of actual liberal Democrats taking back the House, you can blame that on the fact that (unlike the Tea Party "movement") it never had millions of dollars in corporate support. Gosh, I wonder why that was!
William Rivers Pitt at TruthOut points out the, ah, conflicts of interest of at least two of the three "moderate" Democrats who voted down Medicare drug price negotiation last week. Rep. Peters of California not only takes a crap-ton of big pharma money but is married to a CEO involved with the industry, while Rep. Schrader of Oregon inherited a crap-ton of money from his big pharma bigwig granddad. "It's more than campaign money for these two," Mr. Pitt writes. "It's in the family." The good news? The House Ways and Means Committee also voted on Medicare drug price negotiation, and they passed it, at least. Close to 90% of Americans want Congress to let Medicare negotiate drug prices; if Democrats whiff on this, they deserve to lose Congress next year. They'll deserve it even if we don't.
Mother Jones compiles some stories about "Bad Bosses," and I'd be surprised if the shock of recognition didn't hit most readers, even if you're not an overworked COVID nurse or a gig worker ruled by an algorithm. But I feel compelled to point out that a lot of these bosses are assholes because they're getting pooped on by their bosses, and that's not always easy to see from the perspective of the pooped-upon worker. One could even argue that our entire make-money-now-screw-the-future economic system poops on even the big bosses, but that argument certainly requires more generosity than I possess. I mean, if you have millions of dollars, you're not exactly a prisoner.
Oh, splendid, now France has a right-wing news channel that's winning all the ratings races and ginning up rage in the populace. C News is a network for people who feel like they "can't say anything anymore" because their friends and neighbors have had it up to here with all the filth that comes out of their mouths -- in short, it's for the outcasts who deserve to be outcasts. Now watch right-wingers take over France and completely dismantle their gold-standard health insurance system after promising they-would-never, while doing nothing about crime or immigration or whatever they're supposedly mad about, because you sure don't create the next generation of hotheads by doing good works!
I might not have noted the COVID-related death of yet another right-wing radio host who wouldn't get a COVID vaccine, except that this particular individual -- Bob Enyart, and after this we will never mention him again -- used to celebrate AIDS-related deaths on his show back in the day by playing Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust." Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, as you likely know, died of AIDS in 1991. You just as likely remember "Under Pressure" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Will Rock You" and a few dozen other terrific songs more than you remember how he died -- unless you're a right-wing asshole, that is.
Finally, in case you were wondering, the "Justice (sic) for J6" rally went considerably more quietly than January 6 itself did, with a mere 200 attendees, not counting reporters and heavily-armored Capitol police. Also, the rally only lasted an hour, instead of an eternity, and did not end with Confederate flags flying through the Capitol, this time. I'd say it's nice that some right-wingers seem to be coming around to the idea that solitary confinement is torture -- remember, I don't blame people for seeing the light only when it affects them, like we're supposed to learn everything through thought experiment! -- but I'm pretty sure they'll put their newfound convictions aside as soon as someone they don't like gets thrown in the SHU.