The major check against the unreasonable, horrible practices on the part of the TSA is that people who fly are wealthier, on average than people who don't — and people who fly a lot are wealthier still. That meant that the worst stuff the TSA did was felt disproportionately by people who had a lot of political juice — people who get listened to. Increasingly, though, rich people can opt out of the worst of TSA treatment by buying voluntary background checks and bypassing the rigmarole of the plebs. Now, the TSA is expanding its Pre-Check program, ensuring that pretty much everyone with any political clout will be spared the worst of it, letting the TSA's treatment for aviation's 99 percent spiral steadily downward, moving from mere Security Theater to Security Grand Guignol.
The GOP has long made it their mission to absolutely disable the IRS, thus protecting the wealthiest of the wealthy from any sort of scrutiny. And it's been working: as ProPublica reported in 2019, millionaires in 2018 were about 80% less likely to be audited than they were in 2011; coincidentally (or not), the IRS's… READ THE REST
Smarter people than me have pointed out that "work-life balance" says the quiet part out loud, implicitly confirming that you stop living when you're at work. Miles Matrix's Dungeons and Deadlines makes all this much realer with acerbic wit and rockin' chiptunes. My spouse left me after five turns. (via Four Short Links) READ THE REST
The China Law Blog (previously) is one of my favorite sources of insight into the secret workings of the businesses that produce the majority of the world's daily-use goods. READ THE REST
Want to have the best-behaved dog on the block? Thinking of starting a new career as a professional dog trainer? With The Essential 2022 Dog Training Bundle, you'll be on your way to better communicating with your furry friends in no time. Nip those behavioral issues in the bud with this diverse collection of training… READ THE REST
If you want to be a good host during the next get-together at your place, you need enough space to seat all your guests. Sure, a snazzy 10-foot table would do the trick, but that would be downright excessive when guests aren't around. Not to mention, it would take up way too much space. That's… READ THE REST
ether it's with your voice or a silent but effective side-eye, humans are master communicators. And just like English, Spanish, or French, American Sign Language is another one of the many ways we can communicate with both loved ones, complete strangers, and even little kids. Even if you don't know anyone who uses ASL to… READ THE REST