Da Snark Just Keeps On Comin’ …

Once again, the snarky just eats away at my psyche … until I share it!  So, hold onto your hats, for here are more … {🥁drumroll🥁} … SNARKY SNIPPETS!


What a guy, eh?

The infamous Charles Koch, head of Koch Industries, is still doing business in Russia today.  No matter how many lives Russian dictator Vladimir Putin takes in his unprovoked war against Ukraine, to Mr. Koch, profit is far more important.  Yesterday, Koch’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dave Robertson released the following statement:

Koch company Guardian Industries operates two glass manufacturing facilities in Russia that employ about 600 people. We have no other physical assets in Russia, and outside of Guardian, employ 15 individuals in the country. While Guardian’s business in Russia is a very small part of Koch, we will not walk away from our employees there or hand over these manufacturing facilities to the Russian government so it can operate and benefit from them (which is what The Wall Street Journal has reported they would do). Doing so would only put our employees there at greater risk and do more harm than good.

Bullshit. 

Koch Industries is the largest privately-held company in the United States, and Charles Koch, one of the most influential figures in American politics, buying up politicians right and left to block such legislation as increased corporate taxes or an increase in the minimum wage rate.  And now, Koch has put adding to his $60.2 billion net worth ahead of the lives of thousands of people.


About those gas prices …

The bandwagon everybody is jumping on – blaming President Biden for rising fuel prices – has four flat tires and the only gas powering it is the hot air that emits from the mouths of the brainwashed and the ignorant.  The reality is that the price per barrel of oil has been decreasing of late, while prices at the pump are steadily increasing.  Now, even a child could figure out that there is a disparity somewhere, that there’s some money unaccounted for … let’s give the oil companies a chance to ‘splain, shall we?

  • Exxon: “…we expect to generate over $100 billion in excess cash… and we expect to have sustained excess cash flow and increasing shareholder distributions.”
  • Chevron: “All the excess cash that we’ll be generating under these conditions…we can generate $25 billion of excess cash over five years.”
  • Marathon: “Our cash flow-driven return of capital framework uniquely prioritizes our shareholders as the first call on cash flow generation, not the drill bit.”
  • Pioneer: “Whether it’s $150 oil, $200 oil, or $100 oil, we’re not going to change our growth plans,” and “We think it’s important to return cash back to the shareholders.”

And to add insult to injury, these companies have never paid their fair share of income taxes!  STOP blaming President Biden for high gasoline prices … yes, the war Russia started against Ukraine plays a role, but the real blame belongs squarely on the shoulders of the already-wealthy oil companies!


They finally found something they could agree on …

The two sides of the political aisle cannot find common ground on almost anything these days, not even protecting the rights of We the People to cast a vote … a right granted by the U.S. Constitution, but denied by Congress.  They cannot agree on holding the pharmaceutical industry accountable for gouging those of us who need medications and cannot afford them.  They cannot agree on helping people who are struggling due to the economic fallout from COVID. They cannot agree to protect women’s rights, thus allowing states like Texas to knock women’s rights to make their own decisions about their bodies back hundreds of years! But on one thing, they managed to unanimously agree … a big nothingburger!

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously agreed to make daylight savings time permanent … no more switching the clocks back at the end of October.  In the list of priorities, I would put this one at about #1,983!  Voting rights are FAR more important to the people of this country than whether it’s 2:00 or 3:00 in Milwaukee!  While personally I am not in favour of making daylight savings time permanent, it really doesn’t matter that much to me relative to the things I mentioned above.  Protecting LGBTQ people, women, Black people, and others is far more relevant, but Congress cannot move even slightly on those issues.  Nooooooooooo … they are too busy wasting time and OUR taxpayer dollars on stupid crappola like whether it should be slightly lighter at 5:00 in the winter!

44 thoughts on “Da Snark Just Keeps On Comin’ …

  1. Jill, many business folks are doing the right thing reducing business in Russia, but not all. The reason? 145 million consumers. Putin knows he can cause pain to his people for a period of time as he pursues what he wants. His two major miscalculations are the fierceness of the Ukrainian response and the galvanizing effect of the west. So, now he is facing a more severe pushback and his people are the ones who suffer, both the fighters and the civilians. Keith

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    • Indeed, it seems to me that everyone involved is suffering except the very man who is responsible for starting this war! The Russian people will be the first ones to suffer from the sanctions imposed by the West and NATO … it will take time for Putin to feel the pain. Meanwhile, his military seems not to be faring so well, either as the Ukrainians are putting up a much tougher fight than Putin expected. While I do feel badly for the Russian people, perhaps this will galvanize them to cause Putin some major grief! Sigh. There is no possible good outcome at this point, with so many already dead and so many suffering with no home, no electricity, no food or water.

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  2. Since I can think of nothing nice to say about Koch Industries continued business as usual in Russia, I will listen to my better angels and say nothing at all. On placing the blame for the rising price of gas…depending upon where one’s information is obtained determines who or what will be blamed and that does not appear to be changing anytime soon among the easily misled. If the Senate felt compelled to grasp hands across the aisle to pass some bipartisan legislation the “Sunshine Protection Act” is hardly a beacon of light for their future endeavors. And to make matters even more messy, their bipartisan ship headed in the wrong direction! “In their zeal to prevent the annual switch the Senate has unfortunately chosen the wrong time to stabilize onto.” – Dr. Charles Czeisler, chief of Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders of Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He is one of many saying that Standard Time is a better permanent choice than Daylight Saving Time. “Save Standard Time” was very disappointed in the unchallenged rush to pass this bipartisan legislation. Isn’t government in action a remarkable thing? WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • Agreed … I could go on a lengthy rant about Koch Industries and the multi-billionaire behind it, but why bother? It wouldn’t change anything and would only stir my ulcer. I fully agree with you … the Sunshine Act or whatever they’re calling it is b.s. … it is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things and yet they are patting themselves on the backs for passing it. Meanwhile, the states are continuing to disenfranchise millions, people are losing their homes due to the fallout from COVID, schools are failing to teach our true history, women’s rights are being set back hundreds of years, the fossil fuel industry is robbing us blind, and … CONGRESS IS WORRIED ABOUT WHAT TIME IT IS??? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I’ll let you know if ‘government in action’ is a remarkable thing if I ever see our government in action! Sigh. WHAK!!!

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  4. I had hoped to write a quick post asking why I do not see any articles connecting the need for universal health care to the Right to Die movement, today is not the day. NPR has articles on both issues, but none making the obvious connection: California, as usual, has it backward, while New York state is still pushing for the coverage that will prevent insurance companies (interestingly, my phone crashed when I tried to Tweet on an article about this, despite it being from one of my less preferred sources) from offering hemlock while denying “expensive lifesaving treatments”

    -Jill, would you or your readers have time to write this?
    Shira4

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    • I’m all for Right to Die, but big pharma, insurance companies, hospitals, assisted living homes etc. make a fortune on keeping people alive…
      And big oil makes a fortune raising gas prices by buying politicians.

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      • Problem is, according to a couple of articles I’ve seen, that insurance companies are starting to deny expensive cancer/other lifesaving treatments, and offering Physician Assisted Death instead, when the patients could live, given those expensive drugs.

        Universal Health Care would help, in this case.

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    • I’m sorry, Shira, but I just don’t think I could do justice to the topic, for it isn’t one that I’m passionate about, and my plate is pretty full at the moment. If you don’t find someone to do it, take a week off and do it when you come back! Again, I’m sorry, and I would if I thought I could do it well, but I think if I tried, it would lack the passion, the urgency, that I try to bring to my work. Hugs!

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  5. This clearly demonstrates the moral-fiber, the moral depravity of these executive officers. It is exactly as you say Jill: profits, revenue, and shareholder happiness are first and foremost.

    MEGA-WEALTHY CORP. EXEC’S: Human lives? War crimes against Humanity? Crisis Profiteering? What useless lives lost? What war crimes? What price-gouging in horrific catastrophes & crises? SCREW ALL OF THEM!!! We live plush, opulent lives and don’t want to be bothered by everyone’s suffering. Now, pay us handsomely for the 2-mins we just gave you.

    😡🤬

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  7. If the oil companies are price gouging consumers during this trying time, shouldn’t Congress launch an investigation or at least issue a warning to those companies to lower those prices?
    I remember Trump bullied oil companies in 2017 with congressional investigations b/c he felt gas prices were too high – at that time around $3 per gallon. Of course he had no power over the oil market, it’s supply and demand, yet somehow the following months gas prices dropped to the low $2 range.
    Why can’t Biden help the ppl out and do the same… even if it’s just lip service, it’ll get the oil giants to think twice or get investigated!
    Biden is just not a very proactive, forward thinking President, he threatens Russia with sanctions, of course oil/ food prices go thru the roof. California is paying $7+ gas and ppl are getting pissed.
    Russia is now withholding oil, grains, and fertilizer from the international market, this doesn’t bode well for the future of humanity. Hard times are coming, the world needs Russia to survive, we are all interconnected in a globalized economy. *Sigh*

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    • I don’t think trump bullied big oil to lower their prices. He was signaling them to lower the prices, so he’d look good and it would help him get re elected, so he could maintain or further big oil’s agenda, which has always been huge profits for themselves and the shareholders.

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      • @Mary, on second thought you’re absolutely right! Trump was virtue signaling his constituents & bumping up his popularity, yet at the same time playing footsie with Big Oil. He never does anything without calculating how to profit bigly, I’m sure that includes his investment portfolio and cronies’ interests.
        Still, I’m perplexed why Biden hasn’t chastised the oil industry for jacking up gas prices at the pump, even when oil prices have come back down dramatically in the open market?
        At least give the ppl some hope and try to bring inflation down, talk to the Fed chair & raise interest rates (from 0 percent), increase domestic oil production even temporarily…. do something please Mr President, ppl are hurting.

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      • No, if anything Trump would have been on the side of the oil companies and would have done whatever he could to ensure their profits, not to lower them. He was, as are many in the GOP, in the pockets of the oil industry among others.

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  8. Big Oil is raking the money in, but so are all the governments who charge a percentage on gas taxes and other related items. The higher the costs the more taxes they collect. Our dear Jason Kenney is peeing in his boots. Three weeks away from his leadership review Alberta’s economy is booming, and he is claiming responsobility. Also for opening up all the Covid mandates. He thinks hek isa shoo-in to retain his leadership. Unfortunately, NDP and Liberal voters cannot participate, Only party members can vote.And what is he spending his windfall on? He is giving $75 MILLION to charter (private) schools, while taking away funds from public schools. Still stealing from the poor to give the rich.?

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    • It hardly seems fair that only members of one political party are allowed to vote!!! Are the other 2/3 of the population second-class citizens, then? I would be fighting tooth and nail over that! Who made up that rule? Jason Kenney needs to be sent to a remote island with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to live out his days in solitude … where he can do no further harm to civilization!!! Grrrrrrrrrrr.

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      • First, you have to buy a party membership. $10.
        For this vote, new rules: you must vote in person. Depending on where you live, that can get pricy. It is a 2 day event. That involves hotel rooms, food, and travel.
        Cost of attending the event, where you have to be to vote $100. The party is sure to make it a fundraiser. Throw in another $100 or so.
        Voters must be pre-registered by tomorrow, Saturday. Not sure what it costs to register, but I doubt it is free. And you have to give up at least 2 – 4 days of your time. More $$.
        You gotta listen to speeches and pleas for mercy, for hours. Yuck! I don’t know what other factors there will be, but news releases say there are already 10,000 people registered to attend. Some fool mathematician figured out with the number of voting machine that are supposed to be available, and given the posted voting hours, it would give voters 2 seconds to make their vote and get out of the next person’s way. Sounds impossible to me. And on top of all that, we were just told the votes will be tabulated by party members only. Nobody will cheat. No way. No ifea who is hiring the counters, Kenneys people or those wanting to oust him. Nothing to see here, folks!
        The whole thing sounds like a farce. But if they bote Kenney out I’ll be happy–for two minutes. He can still run in the follow-up leadership race, if he loses this vote. He cheated to win the last one. Who says he won’t cheat to win the next one too.
        Politics! Why bother?

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        • That is absolutely ridiculous! And I thought we had serious voter disenfranchisement issues here!!! I hope they do boot out Kenney, but it sounds as if only the wealthy will be able to have a voice, and they are likely the ones who’ll want to keep him.

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          • Moderates want him out, he is too right wing for them. Hyper-conservatives want him out because he is too wishy-washy for them. The United Consercative Party was a brand new party last election, formed only to give conservative voters the numbers they needed to defeat the socialist-based NDP. They fear the NDP! And the coalition succeeded in winning. But ever since then they have been infighting. The moderates, the conservastives, the ultra-conservatives, and the hyper-conservatives. They really cannot agree on how to rule, and the public is seeing that. Albertans are sufrering everywhere. Poor Albertans are getting no help. Public schools are being torn apart without proper funding, and the forced introduction of white christian-based curricula. Minorities are being paid lip-service, acknowledging there are problems, but still not getting anything done anout them. The only real winners so far are Oil&Gas, and the coal industry, both of which are killing our climate. I am hoping the UCP crack at the seams. They cannot get along. But they know cracking will put the NDP back in power. The wealthy of the province will do their best not to let that hapoen, they are afraid they will have to pay taxes again. But that means letting almost half the population go to hell. The moderates recognize they cannot exist without the poor to do the dirty work. It is a big mess. It is almost as bad as Florida! And in many ways worse!

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            • So much for my idea that Canada was far better than the U.S. in most social issues. Well, maybe other provinces in Canada are, but Alberta seems to have most of the same problems we have here. Who would replace Kenney if he were ousted?

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              • The front runner right now is Brian Jean. I don’t know much about him, except that he is ultra-conservative. Could be even worse than Kenney, if he has the “Trump” gene.

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                • I must be past my ‘sell-by’ date, for I cannot understand the ‘populist’ movement, the bend toward right-wing, conservatism in your nation, mine, and many others on the other side of the pond … oh, and let’s not forget Brazil which has the ultimate populist leader, Jair Bolsonaro! I know some of the reasons for the start of the movement, but I still cannot understand why people are willing to give up democratic principles, sacrifice their voices, for a leader who caters to the wealthy at the expense of the other 99% and who is more autocratic than democratic. Yep … past my sell-by date … I’m not in synch with today’s world.

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                  • Nor am I. But then, I never have been since Grade 11. i cannot remember what happened then, aside from getting kicked out of school for having long hair touching my shirt collar, but that was minor. Maybe someday I will remember. Not today.

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                    • I never heard of anyone being kicked out of school for long hair! Sheesh … but then, I was nearly kicked out for wearing my uniform skirt too short (when I left the house each morning, looking like a prim and proper young lady, I then stopped along the way to school to apply gobs of makeup, tease my hair, and roll my skirt up a few inches!) Then, walking home in the afternoon, the process was reversed! Perhaps you’re better off not remembering, rg.

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                    • Lol. The girls at my school rolled their skirts up too. Luckily they did not have to wear uniforms. And then came the “pants” revolution! That lasted two years, girls being sent home for wearing pants. When it was over, they were even able to wear “blue jeans”! How dare they!

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